Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 12:27 pm on 12th October 2006.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 12:27 pm, 12th October 2006

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday at Prime Minister's questions, the Prime Minister stated, in relation to hospital operations:

"We now have no one waiting for more than six months".—[ Hansard, 11 October 2006; Vol. 450, c. 291.]

The Department of Health has confirmed to me that there are many people waiting more than six months for an NHS in-patient operation and that figure is increasing, rather than decreasing. What mechanisms are available to ensure that the Prime Minister corrects his inaccurate statement?

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

Well, the hon. Gentleman can put a question down for the Prime Minister and ask him to correct a statement that the hon. Gentleman considers to be inaccurate, but it is not for the Chair to intervene in these matters.