Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 5:09 pm on 16th April 2007.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead 5:09 pm, 16th April 2007

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Many colleagues on both sides of the House tried to contribute to the statement on Iraq, but as a result of the length of the Secretary of State's answers many, including those who have served in the armed forces, did not have the opportunity to ask a question. Can anything be done about such protracted answers from Secretaries of State?

Photo of Michael Lord Michael Lord Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

That is not a matter for the Chair directly, as I am sure the hon. Gentleman appreciates. However, it is always helpful if both answers and questions are no longer than is entirely necessary.