Excise

Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 6:56 pm on 11th January 2006.

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That the Excise Duties (Surcharges or Rebates) (Hydrocarbon Oils etc.) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3330), dated 5th December 2005, a copy of which was laid before this House on 5th December, be approved.—[Kevin Brennan.]

Question agreed to.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Secretary of State for Education

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I want to raise the written statement that the Secretary of State for Education and Skills made this morning concerning the case of the man on the sex offenders register who was given permission to teach physical education in a school. I know how much importance you attach to Ministers coming to this House to explain their decisions. Since that written statement was made, the Secretary of State has appeared on television answering questions from journalists about it, but we have not had the opportunity to question her about it in this House. As you know, this issue is of great concern to millions of parents. They want to know how the decision to allow someone on the sex offenders register to teach in a school could be taken, and how many other such cases there might be. Will you advise us on what procedures exist to ensure that we can question the Secretary of State in this House on this important matter of public concern?

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

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point of order. I have not had the opportunity to read the written reply in detail, but I note that the Secretary of State said that she will make a further statement to the House shortly. Given that there was an interview on television, I propose to instruct my officers in Speaker's House to get in touch with the Secretary of State to find out exactly when that statement will be produced. I give no guarantees to anyone in the House, but the hon. Gentleman has the right to put an urgent question before me for consideration. I stress that it is still my right to decide whether that urgent question be granted. I have no more to say on this matter.