On a point of order, Madam Speaker. May I draw to your attention the story that has appeared on the front page of the Evening Standard this afternoon, which suggests that members of the Public Accounts Committee are demanding the release of details about the royal household's money? Is not it quite wrong that the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams) should have sought to pre-empt a meeting of the Committee, which is not meeting until 4.30 pm today, when most of us are interested not in pursuing his prurient inquiries into the royal household, but only in value for money?
I have not seen the report to which the hon. Gentleman refers, but I shall certainly take a look at it. If the situation is as the hon. Gentleman says, I certainly take such matters quite seriously. I hope that he will leave it in my hands.
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Are you expecting a statement from the Government about reports this morning that the number of gas complaints have gone up by 150 per cent.? Is not that an example of the privatisation shambles, when the number of gas complaints go up and the chief executive's salary goes up as well?
My point of order, Madam Speaker, is that the paper says that Britain tops the league of shame in its rise in crime since 1979. Given that that information became available—it appears—after Home Office questions last week, should not the Government make it clear in all candour when answering questions that their crime record is appalling and not as good as they claim?
These points of order are totally bogus. Therefore, I am taking no more. [Interruption.] Just a moment—I shall determine whether they are bogus points of order, not the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Mr. Duncan). The point of order raised by the hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Smith) was not bogus, if I may say so. However the point of order raised by the hon. Member for Warwickshire, North (Mr. O'Brien) is bogus. I am not expected to read every newspaper that comes out and I have no intention of doing so.
Sit down. I have not finished answering yet. It is for the Government, if they have anything to say, to say it to the House and not through the hon. Gentleman or me to newspapers. I will take only genuine points of order now. I will listen to Mr. Shaw. If it is not a genuine point of order, he will be sat down.