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Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 1:29 pm on 11th March 2004.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 1:29 pm, 11th March 2004

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As you will know, the Opposition have campaigned long and hard to try to provide some support to Allied Steel and Wire workers and others who have lost out in pension wind-ups, and we strongly supported the Bill that Mr. Field introduced. In those circumstances, is it right for the Leader of the House to be able to turn to me in the middle of business questions, when I cannot respond, to ask me what my party has done or would do about those wind-ups? There is a clear answer, but I am not able to give it in those circumstances. Is it in order for the Leader of the House to behave in that way, or is it possible that I have the right to ask a further question when specifically challenged in that way? One way or the other, it is wrong that the impression should be given that the Opposition do not have policies in an area where we have been leading the campaign.

Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons

This is an hour devoted to business questions. If the questions and answers were about the business of the House, we would not get into these difficulties.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Opposition Whip (Commons)

But no one would come to business questions.