Employment of Children Bill

– in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 9 February 1998.

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Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Labour, Gravesham 3:30, 9 February 1998

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I seek your guidance on a matter that may be causing confusion to several hon. Members. It relates to my private Member's Bill on the employment of children, whose Second Reading will be debated on Friday.

The Order Paper for Thursday 5 February listed the Employment of Children Bill as item No. 3, instead of item No. 1, as it should have been. Several hon. Members will have made constituency arrangements to ensure that they can be present for that important debate, and I seek your guidance on the best way to set the record straight and to ensure that no confusion arises, especially among the 160 Members who signed early-day motion 712 in support of the Bill.

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

That seems to me to be a good deal of PR for the hon. Gentleman's private Member's Bill. He knows that the listing was a misprint, which has already been corrected.