Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have to tell the House that I have today informed Her Majesty the Queen of my intention to relinquish the office of Speaker. I propose to do so on 3rd February next, the tenth sitting day from today. This is in accordance with Standing Order No. 103A and the First Report of the Select Committee on Procedure, during the Session 1971–72, ordered to be printed on 26th January 1972.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Penistone (Mr. Mendelson) for the notice he gave me of his intention to make this application. I have listened to him carefully. He has put forward very persuasive arguments. This is a continuing problem. I have a procedural decision to take—
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: In view of what I said a little earlier I can perhaps be rather freer in expressing my opinion. I think that this is a matter which should certainly be debated by the House for a full day. I do not think that a debate under Standing Order No. 9 is suitable. It may come to that. I think that notice should be taken of what the hon. Member has said and that there should be a full and proper...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. The hon. Member has risen on a point of order. This is not a point of order. I would, with respect, suggest that he should not push it too hard for the moment. It might be counter-productive.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I must interrupt the right hon. Gentleman. Standing Order No. 9(3) is quite specific: A Member intending to propose to move the adjournment of the House under the provisions of this order shall give notice to Mr. Speaker by twelve o'clock, if the urgency of the matter is known at that hour. I am afraid that the right hon. Gentleman is precluded from raising it because of that order....
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I must ask the right hon. Gentleman to be very specific. I thought that he was asking me to allow a debate on the question of some action by the Syrian Government. Is the right hon. Gentleman suggesting that that action was not known before 12 o'clock by anybody?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I really do not think that the right hon. Gentleman can bring himself within the terms of the Standing Order. I should have had notice.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman when he received this information? When did this information arrive?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: No suggestion was made to the Chair until about twenty-five minutes past three. The right hon. Gentleman must try to raise it by a Private Notice Question tomorrow.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. The right hon. Gentleman must allow me to be quite firm and definite with him. On what he said, certainly I do not think that I should allow the matter to be raised under Standing Order No. 9 on a telephone call. I should need to know much more about it. I had no notice of it at all until about twenty-five minutes past three. My answer must certainly be "No". I am not prepared to...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: My selection of amendments has been posted, so I shall not go through it now. I understand that it will be for the convenience of the House to
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: With the amendment it will be convenient to take the following amendments to the Question:
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: That is a hypothetical question. I see no reason why not at the moment, but I do not give a promise ahead on a matter of that sort.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The hon. Member for Penistone (Mr. Mendelson) said nothing which I know to be out of order. Indeed, if he had done so I should have called him to order.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Dr. Miller.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I had in fact called the hon. Member for East Kilbride (Dr. Miller) before the right hon. Gentleman got to his feet.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) is wrong. It has reported.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: No, the hon. Gentleman can try to enlighten me or ask a question of the Lord President, but he cannot enlighten the hon. and learned Member.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have to inform the House that I have received from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs a Concurrent Resolution of both Houses of the United States Congress passed on 23rd October 1975 relating to the loan that is to be made on behalf of Parliament to the Congress of an original copy of Magna Carta to mark the bicentennial celebrations of the United States of America....
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: No. Hon. Members must be here at the beginning of Question Time.