Lindsay Hoyle: Battle of the New Forests! I call Sir Desmond Swayne.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I ask Members to leave the Chamber quietly. I am struggling to hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying.
Lindsay Hoyle: I want to make sure we all get equal time on this. Can I suggest that Members speak for up to eight minutes, so that everybody gets equal time? It is a very important day, it is a very emotional debate, and I want to make sure we get fairness right across the Chamber.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. The hon. Gentleman must sit down. This is an intervention, and interventions are meant to be very short. A great many Members wish to speak, so I cannot allow people to make speeches in the form of interventions.
Lindsay Hoyle: I think you have just done it yourself. I think you just corrected the record. We need not worry.
Lindsay Hoyle: We now come to Sir Paul Beresford, with a five-minute limit.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. The loudest voice I heard was Tom Brake’s, so we will start with him.
Lindsay Hoyle: I will be the judge of that.
Lindsay Hoyle: That really is not a point of order for the Chair, but it is quite rightly now on the record. I know that the Government are listening. I hope that that will be taken on board and that the right hon. Gentleman will be given the access that he was promised.
Lindsay Hoyle: If I started to do that for both sides, the book would be very full, so perhaps those in glass houses ought not to throw stones quite as quickly.
Lindsay Hoyle: There has been no communication to me, as the hon. Gentleman could well have guessed, but he has made people aware that the plan is being awaited by Members of this House. He has put that on the record, and hopefully people will respond accordingly, but there has been absolutely no communication to me.
Lindsay Hoyle: It is certainly now on the record and we know about the petition. There is nothing I can do to assist between now and October, but it is not often that a Member gets two bites of the cherry: you have the petition and the names on the record, and I am sure that the moment we get back after recess the House will accommodate your making that presentation.
Lindsay Hoyle: The point of order is well made. It is not for me to judge, but I am sure many people will make a judgment, whatever side of the House they may be on.
Lindsay Hoyle: What I can say is that Mr Speaker has always made it very clear that any announcements should be made to this House first. That is a clear line that is still held, and nothing has changed from that. I am sure that Ministers will have taken that on board, and the point is well made.
Lindsay Hoyle: If we were to take that as an example, I could give many other examples of people on both sides pointing and certainly not being courteous to Members in the way one would expect. The right hon. Lady has a good track record of being able to give a bit out; she ought to be able to take it.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. Unfortunately, we have time for only one more speaker.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. It is so unfortunate that time has run out.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. It is not normal to intervene just after coming into the Chamber. The fact is that Members who have been here all day are desperate to get in, and I am worried that they may not.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I am sorry to say this, but we are going to have to go down to three minutes. I still want to try and get everybody in.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I want to get everyone in, so I shall have to drop the speaking limit to four minutes because of the earlier interventions.