Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. In view of what I said earlier about the next debate, we must move on.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I deprecate any reference to a private and confidential conversation that I may have had with the hon. Member.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I must express my own point of view. I take full responsibility for that decision. The reason I accepted the other motion was that it was a four-day debate. If I allow that innovation on a one-day debate, it will probably happen every time we have a three-line whip on a one-day debate. It is a difficult procedural point. I could not make such a serious innovation in our practices without...
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: I said last night that I would examine the report of the debate on employment, in the course of which it was alleged that unparliamentary language had been used by the hon. Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr Canavan). I have done so. There is no reference in Hansard to the use of the words "racialist swine" by the hon. Member, although he admitted using the word "racialist". That is not in...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Question No. 2. Mr. Renton, also about potatoes.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Whether or not the allegation was well founded, this is rather a waste of time.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Whether compliments come from expected or unexpected quarters, I think that on my penultimate day it would be inappropriate to acknowledge them.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Too late, I am afraid.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I understand that the hon. Gentleman put a sort of explanatory question to the Table Office on this matter. Whether he gave specific notice or not I am very doubtful. I have had no notice in writing that he intended to make this application. Is he contending that he did give notice of this application?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Just to clear the matter up, I understand that a telephone message, the meaning of which was subject to some dubiety, did reach my office.