Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 1:36 pm on 14th November 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 1:36 pm, 14th November 2007

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families said in respect of school funding:

"Leicestershire is 34th out of 149 local authorities over the next three years."—[ Hansard, 13 November 2007; Vol. 467, c. 563.]

Actually, it is 149th—for every year. I believe that I am now allowed to say that it seems to me that the Secretary of State was misleading the people of Leicestershire. Can he be asked to come back to the Chamber and, having checked his facts, to rectify that statement?

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

Members should not use a point of order to extend a debate. [Interruption.] That might be a fact, but this is not a point of order or a matter for the Chair. The hon. Gentleman must rebut that comment in the customary fashion, and he knows how to go about that as he has been a Member for a long time.