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: No. Hon. Members must be here at the beginning of Question Time.
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: 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: 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: 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: Order. I have a short statement to make to the House.
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....