Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 5th June 1992.

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Photo of Mr Tom Cox Mr Tom Cox , Tooting 2:30 pm, 5th June 1992

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. At 11 o'clock this morning, when the hon. Member for Plymouth, Drake (Miss Fookes) was in the Chair, a number of London Members—of whom I was one—raised an issue that is important to us in London. Although we were then ruled out of order, a request was made that, as there were then still three-and-a-half hours of parliamentary time left in today's sitting, the Government Whip on duty should report the deep concern of the London Members on the issue, with the request that a Minister make a statement at 2.30. It appears that no statement is to be made, which is deeply regretted by London Members. One hopes that, by Monday, the usual channels will have arranged for, if not the Secretary of State, a senior Minister from the Department of Health to be here to make a statement on the issue.

Photo of Mr Michael Morris Mr Michael Morris , Northampton South

I am sure that those on the Government Front bench will have heard the hon. Gentleman.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell , Dulwich

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

Photo of Mr Michael Morris Mr Michael Morris , Northampton South

Is it a new point of order?

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell , Dulwich

It is a new point of order. There is great concern among my constituents about media reports of possible further cuts at King's College hospital. I hope that it will be possible—

Photo of Mr Michael Morris Mr Michael Morris , Northampton South

Order. The Chair has no control over cuts. The hon. Lady has a number of opportunities to raise such matters, but that does not include through the Chair at 2.30 on a Friday.