Orders of the Day — Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill

– in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 25 January 1996.

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Not amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 7:01, 25 January 1996

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I do not think that you were in the Chamber during business questions, when I raised the issue of when the Scott inquiry report was to be published. The Leader of the House quite specifically replied—it has been carried by the media—that responsibility for the publication of that delayed report was down to Scott himself. I know that that is not true.

I do not know whether that reply was a slip of the tongue, but people outside are concerned that the House has been misled by the Leader of the House. This is the earliest opportunity that I have had to raise the matter, and I think that it is important to put on record the fact that the Leader of the House was wrong in his assertion that the publication of the report was down to Scott. In fact, it is down to the Government.

Photo of Miss Janet Fookes Miss Janet Fookes , Plymouth Drake

The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that I cannot make a judgment on that matter, but of course he has made his point.