John Bercow: Order. Given the level of interest in this debate, I have imposed a five-minute limit on each Back-Bench contribution.
John Bercow: Order. We are grateful to the hon. Lady for getting her views on the record. Unfortunately for her, the Minister is not responsible for the record of the previous Government.
John Bercow: Order. May I ask the hon. Gentleman to—
John Bercow: Order. We have got the thrust of it. This is topical, so it has to be brief.
John Bercow: Order. The disadvantage of the hon. Gentleman’s intervention was that, interesting though it was, it bore no relation to the amendment we are discussing.
John Bercow: Order. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for advance notice of his purported point of order, a welcome courtesy that might not have helped his cause. If, as I believe to be the case, he wishes to raise a matter relating to the code of conduct—
John Bercow: I must draw the House’s attention to the fact that financial privilege is involved in Lords amendments 16, 23, 34, 36, 37, 40, 41 and 43.
John Bercow: I regret to have to inform the House of the death of Alan Keen, Member for Feltham and Heston. For a number of years, Alan was the chairman of the all-party group on football, and before entering this House in 1992 he was for 18 years a scout for Middlesbrough football club. I am sure that Members from all parts of the House will join me in mourning the loss of a colleague and in extending...
John Bercow: Order. The Minister of State is a resilient man. Considering that he was rendered speechless, his recovery has been both quick and complete. The House will be aware that the terms of this urgent question are narrow. I appreciate that Members may want to refer to other cases, but they must do so with reference to the specifics of the issue that has been aired from the Opposition Front Bench...
John Bercow: Order. A word cannot be made orderly simply by putting it into someone else’s mouth, and I hope that the hon. Gentleman will withdraw it—straight away.
John Bercow: May I just very gently say to the Secretary of State that I think the grouping is between 3 and 8, rather than 7? But I think we know what we are talking about.
John Bercow: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman feels an Adjournment debate coming on. We shall no doubt discover whether that is the case.
John Bercow: I call Michael Connarty. He is not here. Margaret Beckett.
John Bercow: With the leave of the House, we shall take motions 3 to 6 together. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),
John Bercow: That point of order was most courteous and the matter rests there. I am extremely grateful to the hon. Lady.
John Bercow: Order. I appeal to Members who are leaving the Chamber to do so quickly and quietly, so that the House can listen attentively to the statement from the Foreign Secretary. The Foreign Secretary is nodding vigorously in response to my proposition.
John Bercow: I remind the House that this Friday is 11 November, Armistice day. Although the House will not be sitting on that day, many of us will be on the estate performing our parliamentary duties. I regard it appropriate that, at 11 am, we and staff working for us should join the nation in observing the two minutes’ silence, so that we may remember those who gave their lives for their country to...
John Bercow: Order. We are talking about energy prices rather than salaries, but I am sure that the talents of the Secretary of State will allow him to remain in order.
John Bercow: Order. I appeal to the House to come to order and listen to Mr Frank Doran.
John Bercow: Order. Members are being very unfair to the Member asking the question and to the Minister answering it. Let us have a bit of order.