Mr Bernard Weatherill: I will take points of order after the statement.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: The hon. Gentleman, who is an old parliamentary hand, knows that I do not take points of order until after the statement. I will hear him then.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: We now come to the Church of England Measures.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Is it on this matter?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: That has some relevance to the previous debate. I know nothing about what has gone on in another place.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: It was not a point of order for me. If the Government have been defeated in the other place, presumably we shall debate that when we consider Lords amendments.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: The Leader of the House was present throughout the previous debate, as I was, and will be as much in the dark as I am about what went on in another place.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Order. So far in the debate, I have called hon. Members who were not members of the Committee. I wish to call some who were members of the Committee. I understand that Front-Bench Members will seek to rise at 9.40 pm and will take 10 minutes each. If hon. Members who are now rising limit their speeches to, say, five minutes during the next half hour, all of them are likely to be called.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: An Adjournment debate is wide, but it is, of course, limited to the report of the Select Committee on Sittings of the House.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Many right hon. and hon. Members wish to participate in the debate, and if there are major interruptions during the speech of the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), it will be difficult to call them all.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Order. What is the point of order for me?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: The hon. Member knows that that was a good try but that it is not a matter for me.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Well—[Interruption.] I know that the hon. Gentleman meant "successors". I have had no request for such a statement. I heard what was said at business questions, but, of course, if we had to have a statement on absolutely everything that happened to every road in the country, we would not get very far down the Order Paper.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I am afraid that I did not see that report, because I paid a happy visit to the Principality of Wales and therefore did not have the opportunity to see the newspapers. That is the sort of subject that could well be raised on the Adjournment.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I think that the hon. Member knows that the Speaker is specifically enjoined never to give any reasons for his decisions. I granted that private notice question on Friday, and I was present for the proceedings.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I am not an expert in rhyming slang and I have no idea what a "wham" is. Certainly, if it is in the Old Kent road or wherever, it is not raised in this Chamber.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: With permission, I shall put together the two Questions relating to statutory instruments. Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(3) (Standing Committees on Statutory Instruments, &c.).
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Before I call upon the Home Secretary to move the motion, I must tell the House that I have not selected either of the amendments on the Order Paper. However, the arguments which are advanced in them may be canvassed during the debate.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I call Mrs. Alice Mahon. I call Mr. John Evans. [HON. MEMBERS: "Where are they?"] I call Mrs. Teresa Gorman.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: That is not a matter for me.