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Point of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:14 am on 4th June 2015.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Shadow Secretary of State for Health 11:14 am, 4th June 2015

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I apologise for testing your patience; I would not have done so were it not an important matter. During the previous exchange, news reached me that the Secretary of State is in Liverpool announcing the scrapping of the 18-week target, presumably because the Government know they can no longer meet it. I was not in business questions, but I am led to believe that the Leader of the House said that Ministers should always make major announcements to this House, and that he had indeed reminded them of their duty to do so. What advice could you give me about making sure that this edict sticks? Also, before the Minister leaves his place, should he not confirm to this House whether the 18-week target is indeed to be scrapped?