Delegated Legislation

– in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 14th November 2007.

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That the Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, which was laid before this House on 28th June, in the last Session of Parliament, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.— [Tony Cunningham.]

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, which I informed the Chair earlier that I would raise. On today's Order Paper are four written ministerial statements that the Government indicated they would lay before the House. Two appeared in the Vote Office at about 1 pm, but the other two have failed to appear there.

I understand that all four statements are available in the Press Gallery. While I fully appreciate that Her Majesty's press should see ministerial statements, surely they should be available to the House. I realise that they are valuable in the Library, but how can it be right for the Vote Office to have only two of them, given that they concern important subjects such as aviation security and flood recovery? I wonder whether you could advise me, Mr. Speaker, on how the House could arrange for all the statements to be delivered to the Vote Office.

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 giving me notice of his point of order.

My information is that all four ministerial statements were available in the Library shortly after 1 pm. That is well within the guidelines for written ministerial statements. If the hon. Gentleman's complaint is that two of the statements were not available in the Vote Office, I suggest that he take the matter up with the Leader of the House. She is on call tomorrow, and perhaps I will catch his eye.