Mr Selwyn Lloyd: That is an interesting procedural question. Perhaps it will be debated on Monday. I am not sure what the answer is. The selection of amendments is a matter for me, not the Government. If the House chooses to mate new rules, let it do so. As the rules are, I must exercise my authority and discretion.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We seem to be going backwards.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I have ruled that I will not have that word applied to an individual. I do not mind it's being applied to an argument.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Perhaps the hon. Member is fortunate in that I shall not be in the Chair for much longer.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We have not seen anything. It is the convention of the House not to refer to what happens in other parts of the House. We are concerned only with what happens on the Floor of the House.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. It is for me to decide, and I have not yet decided to take any disciplinary action against anybody.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I think that we should get on with the debate.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I shall certainly examine carefully the report of what has been said. if I consider that a rebuke or an explanation is needed, I shall try to insist on it, but not at the moment.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Mr. Canavan.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I shall not at this time of night have a discussion on the merits of the question. I shall look at the Official Report. If I think that any right hon. or hon. Member has gone too far, I shall take the appropriate measures, whatever I consider them to be.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. If hon. Members want to conduct conversations, will they please do so outside the Chamber?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: It would be for the convenience of the House if I indicated now my decision as to the selection of amendments in tomorrow's debate. I have looked at these amendments carefully. It appears to me that arguments in respect of all of them would be relevant to the general debate. I intend to select the amendment standing in the name of the right hon. Lady the Leader of the Opposition....
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The hon. Member has put that point to me already today, and I assure him that I considered it very carefully. It would be very easy for me, in my last week, to say "Yes", but I must do what I think is right. This is a very important procedural point for the House as a whole, and I cannot take it upon myself to depart from what is, I think, the spirit of the rules. I may think that the rules...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Taking first the remarks by the hon. Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Small) about the shortness of speeches and about who is likely to catch my eye, I might say to him that he will have a very strong claim because his speeches are always very brief and because tomorrow's debate is exactly the kind of debate on which I should have liked to operate a time limit had I been given power to do...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I think that it will be convenient if the right hon. Gentleman himself indicates all the various amendments that he wishes to be considered with the new clause.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: With this amendment we may also take the following amendments:
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. This is becoming argument.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I would much rather have points of order at the end of Question Time.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have had no such request. I am very dissatisfied with the progress made at Question Time today. The Chair has many responsibilities, but unfortunately they do not extend to long-windedness. I wish they did. We have had some very long questions and answers today.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. The hon. Lady is abusing her Front Bench position. This is not the time to make speeches.