Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 15th March 2010.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Labour, Manchester, Gorton 3:30 pm, 15th March 2010

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I have been a Member of the House for a considerable number of years, and never have I come across a situation in which a person who has been Chairman of a Public Bill Committee through which a Bill proceeded on a Tuesday comes down to the House of Commons on a Friday to object to a Bill of which he was in charge in Committee. I will not go into the fact that that Bill was supported by all three political parties whose MPs were members of that Committee, but it strikes me as unprecedented, and unparliamentary, for the Chairman of a Committee to block the Bill whose proceedings he chaired. In view of the fact that we may have very little time in which the Bill can go through its stages, it is essential that the matter be dealt with speedily-and, frankly, that Mr. Chope be called to order, because he seems to me, rather than being in charge of parliamentary procedure, to be in need of psychiatric help.