Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 17 February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Peter Thurnham Mr Peter Thurnham , Bolton North East 3:30, 17 February 1997

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Should not the Secretary of State for Health be here to make a statement about adoption? He has been on the radio announcing his plans to change the rules. Should he not tell us directly and allow us to question him, not least on why he is axing the overseas adoption helpline?

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

I have not been informed that the Secretary of State for Health or any Minister intends to make a statement today.