John Bercow: I am wondering whether the Minister is going to offer to sample the service—
John Bercow: Does it flow from questions?
John Bercow: The process of government, and the process of scrutiny of Government by Parliament, otherwise known as continuing debate.
John Bercow: I appreciate that colleagues are in a state of some animation, but I would very gently point out that the subject of the Adjournment is the children’s funeral fund. This is a matter of the utmost seriousness and sensitivity, and the track record of the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) in relation to this subject is long established and widely respected. I am sure that...
John Bercow: Before I call the next speaker, I must advise the House that I have received notification from the petition officer for the constituency of Peterborough, in respect of the recall petition for Fiona Onasanya. The recall petition process for the constituency of Peterborough, established under the Recall of MPs Act 2015, closed today at 5 pm. As more than 10% of those eligible to sign the...
John Bercow: Many congratulations to the hon. Lady. We look forward to hearing from her a great deal more in the future.
John Bercow: The short answer is that I have not been so notified. However, this is an extremely serious matter, which I myself of course have seen covered in the media in the last 24 hours. My advice to the hon. Lady is that she pursue the issue with her usual indefatigability. The fact that no ministerial oral statement has been proffered does not mean that the possibility of an oral exchange on the...
John Bercow: A wonderfully diplomatic response on which the Minister should, I am sure, be congratulated.
John Bercow: Order. The House must calm itself. We are at an early stage. The question has been put, and the answer from the Prime Minister must be heard.
John Bercow: Order. It is very discourteous for Members to witter away from a sedentary position when another point of view is being expressed. The hon. Gentleman might not wish to test the will of the House, but if he wished to do so he would be at liberty so to do. He is entitled to make his speech and to be treated with courtesy by everybody, so those who are not behaving with courtesy ought to...
John Bercow: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her point of order, and for her courtesy in giving me notice of her intention to raise it. I have received no indication from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of an intention to come to the House to say anything about this matter. It is, of course, incumbent on each and every Member to take responsibility for words spoken in the Chamber—that is...
John Bercow: I call Alison Thewliss.
John Bercow: The hon. Lady was not late for her own question. Her principal responsibility is to be in her place to ask her question, and we are delighted to see her. She does not need to be too apologetic; in fact, she does not need to be apologetic at all.
John Bercow: I cannot say that I had noticed that the hon. Gentleman was previously all that closely bound.
John Bercow: Order. I gently point out at this stage that the question is narrowly about Buckinghamshire; it is not the occasion for a general debate about HS2. I will consider the Minister’s reply in making a judgment about whether it has been broadened, but at this point it is narrow.
John Bercow: I call the Mother of the House, Harriet Harman.
John Bercow: I do not know whether the Minister has been to the University of Huddersfield before.
John Bercow: That sounds very exciting, I must say. I have been to the hon. Lady’s constituency a number of times, but I have merely spoken. The notion that I might create a robot has never been put to me—thankfully.
John Bercow: Brevity personified—Sir Nicholas Soames.
John Bercow: I congratulate the hon. Member for Corby (Tom Pursglove) on running in the marathon yesterday, while also expressing some surprise that he is nevertheless still leaping to his feet with notable alacrity.