Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I do not think that the hon. Gentleman will succeed in drawing me on this topic. I think that I must maintain my position that the content of answers and the selection of Ministers to answer Questions is not a matter for the Chair.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I am having difficulty in hearing what the Minister is saying. Will conversationalists proceed outside the Chamber?
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.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Is the hon. Member opposing the Bill?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. That sounds to me like an argument and not a point of order.
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 getting very near a speech.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Is the hon. Gentleman seeking to impart information, or is he asking a question?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: There are a great many "you's" going about. Even right hon. Gentlemen are addressing the Chair.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I do not think that this is a matter on which the Chair should give guidance. I think that it is a matter for Ministers.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We have a very important debate to come. About 60 right hon. and hon. Members want to catch my eye later. There will be a debate on procedure on Monday and I should have thought that that was the time to raise these matters.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. That is not a matter for the Chair.