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Mr George Thomas: I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: 1. Appropriation Act 19832. Finance Act 19833. Miscellaneous Financial Provisions Act 19834. Diseases of Fish Act 19835. Coroners' Juries Act 19836. Marriage Act 19837. Solvent Abuse (Scotland) Act 19838. Mobile Homes Act 19839. Litter Act 198310....
Mr George Thomas: I call Mr. Alan Haselhurst, and I take my leave of the House. Once again, thank you.
Mr George Thomas: Order. I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, but it is out of order to refer to the business before the Privileges Committee. It is still dealing with the matter and we cannot discuss it here until we have had its report. There is no point of order on which I can help the hon. Gentleman.
Mr George Thomas: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman must make a written application if he wishes to refer a matter to the Privileges Committee. I should then consider it and write to him with my decision. However, as he knows, it is rather late in the life of this Parliament. Privileges applications are no longer made on the Floor of the House. They are made in writing to Mr. Speaker, who has time to...
Mr George Thomas: Order. With every respect to the hon. Gentleman, we cannot discuss that now. There is nothing that I can do about it. I am afraid that he will have to wait. It would be out of order for me to wish all hon. Members a safe return because I could not be impartial. However, I must tell the hon. Gentleman that he cannot resume his point of order now. I am glad that he has raised the last point of...
Mr George Thomas: Order. The hon. Gentleman must resume his seat. He cannot persist with that point.
Mr George Thomas: The Clerk will now proceed to read the Orders of the Day—
Mr George Thomas: Order. We have finished with the point raised by the hon. Gentleman and I am now moving to the Orders of the Day.
Mr George Thomas: I shall content myself with saying "Thank you".
Mr George Thomas: Tomorrow morning, after we take Prayers, I shall suspend the Sitting for long enough to shake by the hand those hon. Members who are present. I shall then take my farewell of this Chamber for the last time. The Deputy Speakers will continue with the day's business.
Mr George Thomas: Thank you very much.
Mr George Thomas: Order. I make my usual speech. I propose to call those hon. Members who have been rising as long as they do not speak for too long.
Mr George Thomas: May I say to the Father of the House that once I have called him that will be the end of the debate.
Mr George Thomas: Order. I shall call spokesmen from all parties. I shall have mercy on the House and see that we do not continue too long, but I wish to call several right hon. and hon. Members.
Mr George Thomas: I have a personal statement to make of a valedictory nature. I wish to express my deep and sincere gratitude to all those who have served the House during my time as Speaker. I am conscious that the House functions as well as it does only because of the dedicated service given by those who serve in the various Departments of the House. To the Clerks of the House; the Serjeant at Arms and...
Mr George Thomas: I would have taken a poor view had the motion not been resolved.
Mr George Thomas: Order. I always treat the question on security in Northern Ireland a little differently. I shall let it run a little more, but we shall have to move more quickly on the other questions.
Mr George Thomas: Not moved.
Mr George Thomas: Order. I think that I have had enough now—[Laughter.] I am much obliged to the right hon. Member for Bristol, South (Mr. Cocks) and to the other hon. Members who raised points of order. It is in order for an hon. Gentleman not to move his ten-minute Bill if that is his wish. It has happened before in my time and I am always grateful if a ten-minute Bill … Well, perhaps I had better not say it.
Mr George Thomas: I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman. The House would not expect me to rule now on the issues that he has raised. I doubt very much whether I shall have any standing in the matter, but I shall write to the right hon. Gentleman in the time left to us, before I myself depart.