Ministerial Statements

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 9 February 2012.

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Photo of George Young George Young The Leader of the House of Commons 10:30, 9 February 2012

My hon. Friend asks a good question. There is a balance always to be struck between the imperative of making an oral statement and the need to preserve time for the House to debate the issues before it on that particular day. We try to strike the right balance. Today, we have an oral statement from the Foreign Secretary and an important debate thereafter on Somalia. It would have eroded the time for the statement and the debate if, on top of that, we had scheduled for oral statement some of the written ministerial statements to which my hon. Friend referred. We try to get the balance right, but we are always open to fresh suggestions.