Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 3:58 pm on 4th March 1992.

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Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson, Shadow Spokesperson 3:58 pm, 4th March 1992

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I apologise to you and the House for being late for Foreign Office questions. I assume that it was my lateness that caused you not to see me, rather than the sobriety of my dress this afternoon. The reason for my being late is that the 1.52 pm train from Forest gate to Liverpool street was rather peremptorily cancelled. By way of consolation, a rather satirical member of British Rail's staff gave me a copy of British Rail's passengers charter to read while I was waiting for the next train. I was able to read it in full and there are many questions that I wish to ask—

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. It will be a point for me, I hope.

Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson, Shadow Spokesperson

When I arrived at Liverpool street and made my complaint, I was told that if I looked very carefully I would see that the passengers charter is in fact entitled "Passenger's Charter", and that therefore it did not apply to me because I was not the passenger for which it was actually devised.

I want to know whether you, Mr. Speaker, have received any application from the Secretary of State for Transport to come to the House to give us more details about the passengers charter so that we can know whether it applies to all of us or whether it is just a way for the Tory Government to save money.

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

I have not had such a request.

Several Hon. Members:

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Mr.Speaker:

In fairness, I shall call the hon. Member for Mid-Kent (Mr. Rowe) first.

Photo of Mr Andrew Rowe Mr Andrew Rowe , Kent Mid

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This is a personal point of order. It has been brought to my attention by a journalist who hopes to be covering a general election in the near future that, the last time the House debated capital punishment, I was shown as having voted on both sides of the issue. That appears in the guide for journalists covering the election. I do not suppose that there is much that you, Mr. Speaker, can do about that, but if there is one subject on which it is improbable, to say the least, that I would vote on both sides it is on capital punishment. Ever since I entered the House, I have voted against it. I would not have made such a mistake, and if the record could be corrected, I should be grateful.

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

That is a proper way in which to deal with such a matter. I hope that we shall have other legitimate points of order.

Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Has the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry requested your permission to make a statement on an important matter? It has come to light that stolen money has been given to an organisation— £400,000 to the Conservative party—from the chairman of Polly Peck. Could it be returned?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

There is an early-day motion on the Order Paper about that. It is not a matter for me.

Photo of Peter Hain Peter Hain , Neath

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I refer to early-day motion 793. Has the Prime Minister or the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster requested your permission to make a statement to the House about the donation by Mr. Asil Nadir of £440,000 to Conservative party funds?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. The hon. Gentleman has tabled an early-day motion on that very subject. It is not a matter for me. He can ask about it tomorrow at business questions.

Photo of Peter Hain Peter Hain , Neath

With respect, Mr. Speaker

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. It is not a matter for me. The hon. Gentleman has tabled an early-day motion. He asks for the matter to be debated. I cannot do anything about it now.

Photo of Mr Brian Wilson Mr Brian Wilson , Cunninghame North

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Have you had a request from the right hon. Member for Northavon (Sir J. Cope), the deputy treasurer of the Conservative party, to allow him to clear his name of the charges that he solicited and received illegal funds from a company based in Cyprus?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

That is a similar matter. I hope that the hon. Gentleman gave the right hon. Member for Northavon (Sir J. Cope) notice that he intended to mention him. That would be in the proper traditions of the House.