Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. These private discussions must take place outside.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Mr. Baker.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I called Mr. Baker.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We cannot have the debate on the Address this afternoon.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. That is not a matter for the Chair.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Further questions on this matter will be quite in order in Monday's debate.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Before calling on the right hon. Member, may I say that I greatly deprecate questions about what is to happen in the next Session. This is a statement of business for next week, and questions about what is to happen next Session are a different matter.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: That will be a very relevant question for the first Thursday after we come back. I should now put the business motion.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I am very willing to oblige the hon. Gentleman by giving him my decision. I do not intend to select the amendment.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: The hon. Member for Penistone (Mr. Mendelson) may not have heard me say that I had decided not to select the amendment. I have considered it carefully. I agree that it concerns an important matter, but I do not think I am called upon to give my reasons for selecting or not selecting an amendment. In my view, everything appropriate to the amendment can be said when discussing the motion.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I have listened to the hon. Member carefully. Under the business motion which has been passed, the time for debating this matter has been extended to three hours, which means that there is a greater opportunity for hon. Members to take part and to state their views. Everything that the hon. Gentleman has said in submitting his point of order will be in order when dealing with the main motion....
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: After that moral victory, we shall get on to the next business.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I understand that there is general agreement in the House that all the Lords amendments should be debated together and that the Questions should then be put successively at the end of the debate. We shall therefore take at the same time the remaining motions and amendments: On Lords Amendment No. 1A, in lieu of Commons Amendment No. 1 to Lords amendment, That this House doth insist on its...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. The hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit) must admit that his point of order is directed to the content of an answer to a parliamentary Question. It has nothing to do with me.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I doubt whether that course would have much success with the House.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: If that is the wish of the House, I will have the provisional list amended accordingly.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: With this we shall take Lords Amendments Nos. 25 to 30.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I did not stop the Secretary of State, but I hope that we are not going to have a general debate on the clause. The amendments are a more limited matter.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. Is the hon. Gentleman quoting from a ministerial statement in the other place? It is not the custom of the House to quote the words of a Member of the other place who is not a Minister. The hon. Gentleman is at liberty to paraphrase what the noble Lord said, but it would not be in accordance with our custom to quote his words.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: With this amendment we may discuss Lords Amendment No. 12, in page 16, line 1, after "(3)" insert "and (3A)". I should inform the House that a question of privilege is involved.