Eleanor Laing: It is unusual for the occupant of the Chair to say with absolute honesty, “I am extremely grateful to the hon. Lady for making that point of order. If I were not in the Chair, I would have been tempted to make it myself,” but it is probably not in order for me to say that. I will now rebuke myself and answer the hon. Lady by saying that I understand perfectly why she has raised...
Eleanor Laing: Order. I appreciate that the hon. Lady has some very important points to make and I appreciate her deep involvement in this subject, but she is not making a speech. She is asking a question of the Secretary of State; we do not need commentary. I am not going to stop her, because I appreciate that she has important questions to ask, and the Secretary of State will be able to answer them, but,...
Eleanor Laing: Order. As this is an Adjournment debate with several Members present, I cannot allow the hon. Gentleman to address that remark to me rather than to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon).
Eleanor Laing: I call Gavin Newlands.
Eleanor Laing: Order. The hon. Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander) did very well on her 10 minutes, but I give in—we need to have a formal time limit of eight minutes.
Eleanor Laing: I appreciate that, as the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) said, she had a lot of points to cover. It is also obvious to me that nobody except the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) has taken the least notice of my exhortation to take about 10 minutes. If I were to impose a time limit now, it would be seven minutes, but I am still going to try to proceed without a...
Eleanor Laing: Order. I think the Opposition spokesman is still dealing with the previous intervention, and he may in due course come to another intervention.
Eleanor Laing: Order. The hon. Gentleman, and all hon. Members, can question other Members’ political attitudes and what they say in this House. What we cannot have is one Member suggesting that another Member has said something, in writing or otherwise, which he says he did not say. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Matthew Pennycook) will not question what I am saying. Mr...
Eleanor Laing: Order. There is plenty of time for debate this afternoon. I hope that we can manage the debate without a formal time limit, because that will allow natural debate to occur without restriction. That will work if Members speak for approximately 10 minutes each. If anybody speaks for much longer than that, we will have to have a time limit.
Eleanor Laing: I am glad that the House is much better behaved today than it was yesterday, because we are being observed this afternoon by our colleagues and friends from the Parliament of Afghanistan, whom I am delighted to welcome to Westminster. I hope that they will find our deliberations on Europe enlightening.
Eleanor Laing: Order. We now have a time limit of eight minutes.
Eleanor Laing: Order. It was quite in order for the Minister to give way to the right hon. Lady, but she knows that her intervention was too long, because she said so the last time—I heard her.
Eleanor Laing: Order. Before I call the Opposition spokesman, let me say that while it is clear that a great many Members wish to speak, we have limited time, so there will be an initial time limit of eight minutes on Back-Bench speeches, which is likely to reduce. I make this announcement so that Members can tailor their speeches accordingly.
Eleanor Laing: I remind the House that this motion is subject to double-majority voting: of the whole House and of Members representing constituencies in England. The House divided: Ayes 254, Noes 312. Votes cast by Members for constituencies in England: Ayes 214, Noes 282.
Eleanor Laing: I remind the House that this motion is subject to double-majority voting: of the whole House and of Members representing constituencies in England. The House divided: Ayes 253, Noes 315. Votes cast by Members for constituencies in England: Ayes 215, Noes 283.
Eleanor Laing: Order. There are clearly heightened tempers, but we must have some decorum to allow us to listen to Mr Dowd.
Eleanor Laing: Order. Members must not shout at the hon. Gentleman.
Eleanor Laing: Order. The hon. Gentleman is not going to give way. Please allow him to finish.
Eleanor Laing: Order. I cannot hear the hon. Lady. [Interruption.] The hon. Lady should not shout from a sedentary position when I am defending her and giving her space.
Eleanor Laing: Order. I have to reduce the time limit to three minutes, because so many Members wish to speak.