Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 1:55 pm on 7th May 2009.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 1:55 pm, 7th May 2009

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. For the umpteenth time today, we have seen contempt shown for Mr. Speaker and the occupants the Chair by the Government, who have defied Mr. Speaker's repeated requests that statements should be made to this House first, before they are made to the world outside. The SATs statement was rehearsed on the radio this morning and the written statement to the House on DNA was all over the newspapers and in the media late last night. What is the point, Mr. Deputy Speaker, of Mr. Speaker making rulings unless they can be enforced?

May I make a modest suggestion to Mr. Speaker: if, in future, there are Ministers—I am pleased to see the Home Secretary in her place on the Front Bench—who defy Mr. Speaker's rulings, they should be arrested and have their DNA taken from them, and that that DNA sample should be destroyed only when we have received a proper undertaking and public apology from the Minister responsible?

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

I say to the hon. Gentleman that Mr. Speaker does indeed feel very strongly that, before statements to this House are disclosed or discussed elsewhere, they should be made to this House. I am sure that Mr. Speaker will take note of the hon. Gentleman's points, but as to whether he will follow up the hon. Gentleman's suggestions, I cannot be quite so certain.

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