Mr Selwyn Lloyd: As the hon. Member knows, mine is purely a procedural decision. I have to decide whether to disrupt business today or tomorrow for that purpose. The hon. Gentleman has made his point, but it must remain there. I am not prepared to allow the application.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: These noises may be very good for the lungs, but they take up time.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The Prime Minister, to answer Questions Nos. Q7 and Q9.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Business Question.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Mr. Speaker: Mr. Gow—an application under Standing Order No. 9.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have to exercise my discretion as best I can. We have quite a lot to do today. If the hon. Member for Bedfordshire, South (Mr. Madel) has helpful suggestions to make about Chrysler, I suggest that he sends them to the Minister. In business question time we deal with the next week's business.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gow) was good enough to give me ample notice of his intention to make this application. I have listened carefully to what he said, and I have also had regard to what took place in the House earlier today. My decision reflects not the importance of the subject but the procedural aspects. I do not think it appropriate for such an application to succeed.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Again, the hon. Member for Nuneaton (Mr. Huckfield) was good enough to give me notice of his application. I have listened carefully to what he said and also to what the Patronage Secretary said earlier. I do not for a moment dispute the urgency and importance of the matter, but I must have regard to what has been said and whether I now think that there should be a debate this evening or on...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Before I call the right hon. Lady the Leader of the Opposition, I should tell the House that I have not selected either of the amendments.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The hon. and learned Member is in order. Whether he has my approval is quite a different matter.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. It appears to me that the motion is in the Prime Minister's name.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have to inform the House that nine other hon. Members have sought to catch my eye and hope to succeed between now and 9.20 when, I understand, the winding-up speeches are to begin.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Will the House please calm down?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Before I call the Secretary of State for Industry to move the Second Reading, I should inform the House that already over 40 right hon. and hon. Members wish to speak in the debate.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. The right hon. Gentleman has given way three times in 10 minutes, and 40 right hon. and hon. Members wish to speak. I appeal to hon. Members to bear in mind that the fewer the interruptions and the less giving way there is, the more speeches we shall be able to have.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. That is not a point of order.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I must be permitted to deal with what has been said. The House is in a difficulty. There are constant complaints about the length of Front Bench speeches. I constantly hear hon. Members complain that they cannot get in because the Front Bench speakers have taken an hour or so. The Secretary of State has already given way six times. If he goes on giving way, his speech will last for an hour....
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. If the hon. Gentleman were to catch my eye during the debate, he would be in order in putting that question.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I hope that hon. Members who catch my eye from now on will try to confine their speeches to 10 minutes or less. If they succeed, I shall be able to call many hon. Members who have been waiting for a long time to speak.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. This is not a roll-call.