Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have many responsibilities, but I am not sure that acceptance or storing of turkeys is one of them No doubt the point which the right hon. Gentleman has made will be noted and dealt with appropriately by whoever ought to do so.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: 1. Consolidated Fund (No. 3) Act 19752. OECD Support Fund Act 19753. Moneylenders (Crown Agents) Act 19754. Civil List Act 19755. Northern Ireland (Loans) Act 1975
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I understand that the hon. Member for Worthing (Mr. Higgins) wishes to raise with me a matter which he contends is one of order.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I find this extraordinary. There have been business questions today. The Leader of the House was subjected to questioning for quite a long time. The hon. Gentleman's point should have been raised during business questions. It is not a matter for me.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I am not aware that anything untoward is happening. I shall consider the point that has been made.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I understand that nothing abnormal happened. The rearrangements which took place were for the convenience of those who attend upon our needs.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. What has this to do with the Chair?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. That is not a matter for the Chair. How Ministers decide to answer Questions, whether by written or oral answer, is not a matter for me.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Will the hon. Gentleman deal with the mattter as shortly as he can? I have a letter which I propose to read to the House.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have received today a letter from the General Secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen, saying: Regarding the newspaper reports of the meeting at Central Hall held yesterday in which I was quoted as stating that I would 'instruct' NUR sponsored MPs to withhold support from Her Majesty's Government in certain circumstances, I wish to state that no such instructions would ever be issued...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I am obliged to the hon. Gentleman.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I hope that we may have a quiet debate.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Before the right hon. Gentleman answers his hon. Friend, I must appeal to the House. The hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) is seeking to catch my eye later in the debate. It is quite unfair to make interventions which are really arguments. I have the names of 50 right hon. and hon. Members who want to speak in this debate.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I do not think that asking an hon. Member to shut up is unparliamentary. How it is precisely phrased is not really a matter for the Chair.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: One of my difficulties is that when the Chancellor of the Exchequer is standing where he does at the Dispatch Box, I cannot see whether the hon. Gentleman's trap is open or shut.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: As I said yesterday, I have no power to control the length of speeches. But I hope that from now on hon. Members will try to make their remarks in about 10 minutes.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: That speech lasted 15 minutes.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have to inform the House that I have not selected the amendment.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Because of the noise in the Chamber I am not sure that I heard clearly what the hon. Member said. However, I shall seek to enlighten him in any ignorance from which he may be suffering. Under Section 8 of the Industry Act 1972, which governs the content of the motion, there is no provision for the imposition of conditions by the House in authorising such grants. In those circumstances, stated...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Too many hon. Members are carrying on conversations in the Chamber. I must ask them to take their conversations outside.