Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 4:50 pm on 23rd May 1995.

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Photo of Mr Jacques Arnold Mr Jacques Arnold , Gravesham 4:50 pm, 23rd May 1995

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. What can be done to protect the House from the incessant and inaccurate torrent of accusations of sleaze from the hon. Member for Neath (Mr. Hain), which has now descended into peddling accusations of sleazy deals against you on "Newsnight" last night? That cannot continue. What should be done about it?

Photo of Miss Betty Boothroyd Miss Betty Boothroyd Speaker of the House of Commons

I would refer all hon. Members to my short statement yesterday about all of us having to have a great deal of integrity. As I said yesterday, we cannot legislate for integrity and we cannot legislate for human behaviour. We all have to live up to the high standards that people outside the House expect of us, and the time has come when we must all look again at our consciences and address the manner in which we, as individuals, deal with each other in the House.