Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Indeed, and I was amazed at the obedience of the House. But I had managed to extract an extra five minutes from each Front Bench speaker so that I could call another hon. Member from the Back Benches. I am grateful to the Lord Advocate for what he has said.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I am amazed at the hon. Gentleman's obedience and his optimism.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. This is not a debate.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. The hon. Member is making a statement.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: No doubt the hon. Gentleman's comment will be noted.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I know the point to which the hon. Gentleman refers. It is not a point of order for me.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I have been given notice that the hon. Member for Inverness (Mr. Johnston) will be seeking to catch my eye to speak in the debate today. That would be the time to make that sort of point.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: If the hon. Member is raising a matter of argument and knows that he has a very good chance of being called to speak in the debate, he has an option. If he chooses to make his argument in an intervention, perhaps he will not catch my eye later.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Once again I appeal to the House. We have had six speeches in three and a quarter hours. It is really not obligatory to speak for 20 minutes.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We have about 25 minutes before the Minister is to reply. May we have several short speeches?
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We debated this subject yesterday. Mr. Allaun—Question No. 4.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. I do not like words such as "deceived" to be used in the House.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We must get on.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I should like to say something to the House about this debate. It will obviously be an extremely difficult debate for the Chair to handle. I already know of about 100 right hon. and hon. Members who want to catch my eye. I have no discretion to limit the length of speeches, which I regret. I think that this is an occasion on which two hours each day set aside for those who speak for only 10...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: May I express my thanks to the hon. and learned Member for Solihull (Mr. Grieve)? If I may say so, in 10 minutes he has made very many significant points. I hope that others will follow his example.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. One city Member interrupting another city Member speaking for the same area is not a particularly good practice. The hon. Member for Leeds, South-East (Mr. Cohen) has made his speech. Let us proceed.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I am grateful to the hon. Member, because he wrote to me setting out at some length his reasons for putting forward his application. I have had the opportunity and time to consider his reasons carefully and I have listened carefully to what he has said. This type of application puts the Chair in great difficulty. As the hon. Gentleman knows I am a Merseyside Member. I know full well the...
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Mr. Shelton.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: Order. We are still dealing with this first matter. Mr. Shelton.
Mr Selwyn Lloyd: I know that the House will want me to express its thanks to the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Pendry) and the hon. Member for Streatham (Mr. Shelton) for conducting their mission in the way they did. I thank them very sincerely, and I shall see that the resolution passed at the ceremony of presentation of the Mace is entered in the Journal of the House. As regards the sand clock,...