Madam Speaker's Statement

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th January 1995.

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Photo of Miss Betty Boothroyd Miss Betty Boothroyd Speaker of the House of Commons 12:00 am, 25th January 1995

As this is the first morning sitting under the new arrangements, it may be a help to Members if I make one or two points clear and for the record.

First, the House will have noted that times for each debate have been printed on the Order Paper. That means that the practice on the former last day Adjournments will be followed—that, if the House gets ahead of the timetable and the Member opening the next debate is not present, the occupant of the Chair will be able to suspend the sitting until, but not beyond, the stated time.

Secondly, I propose for the three half-hour debates to follow the practice to which the House is accustomed with the half-hour Adjournment at the end of each day's sitting—that no additional Member may take part except with the permission of the Member introducing the debate, and the Minister, and of course the Chair, should be informed.