John Bercow: And in the process, we will try to ensure that the hon. Gentleman’s Committee’s reports become bestsellers. That is the ambition.
John Bercow: Let us have a single-sentence inquiry from the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron).
John Bercow: The Minister’s power and charm will achieve the desired effect, I have no doubt.
John Bercow: One sentence. Michael Fabricant.
John Bercow: Order. Mr Bowie, you are as noisy as your illustrious late namesake, David Bowie, but, sadly, nothing like as melodic, my dear chap.
John Bercow: In a moment, we will come to the ten-minute rule motion. However, the House will be aware of the subsequent business appertaining to Northern Ireland. By way of explanation, I wanted to mention the following. Last night, my office received a telephone call from a sadly rather uninitiated tabloid scribbler who seemed much excited by the rumour that “Mr Speaker would not be chairing Committee...
John Bercow: No, no, no, no, no, no. Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross is not only not in Northamptonshire; it is not in England! It really is stretching the point. Oh, very well. If the hon. Gentleman wants to make a pertinent inquiry appertaining to Northamptonshire, in which no doubt he has the deepest interest, or relating to England, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
John Bercow: I believe that the hon. Gentleman has been married for 52 years.
John Bercow: I call Dr Caroline Johnson.
John Bercow: Thank you. The Minister does speak in a most learned fashion on these important matters, responding in kind to the hon. Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy), both of whom have benefited from tutorials from those who are in a position to proffer advice, from a Department renowned for its intellectual cream. Question put and agreed to. House adjourned.
John Bercow: Order.
John Bercow: Blurt it out, man.
John Bercow: For the benefit of people observing our proceedings who are not Members of the House I would simply add, non-pejoratively, that raising something weekly in the Chamber is a very modest effort. Raising things daily, or in some cases several times a day, is by no means unknown in, or condemned by, the House of Commons. It is perfectly normal.
John Bercow: I call the good doctor, Dr Julian Lewis.
John Bercow: Ah! Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Or, as one might say, R2-D2 and C-3PO.
John Bercow: I think I should call a shy and understated Member who requires encouragement: Mr Mark Francois.
John Bercow: We now come to the Select Committee statement. The hon. Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood), who chairs the Transport Committee, will speak on her subject for up to 10 minutes, during which no interventions may be taken. At the conclusion of her statement, the Chair will call Members to put questions on the subject of the statement and call the hon. Lady to respond to those in...
John Bercow: Oh, a veritable flurry of points of order! I call the person who leapt to her feet with exemplary alacrity, speed and athleticism—Thangam Debbonaire.
John Bercow: Before the Leader of the House replies, I should like to echo very much what the right hon. Lady has said. Yesterday’s ceremony was a very happy, even joyous, occasion on which we were able to mark and commemorate great progress while being very aware of the continuing challenges and the great deal of additional work that remains to be done. She herself won an award, which she has been too...
John Bercow: The expression “Be careful of what you wish for” springs to mind.