Point of Order

– in the Scottish Parliament at 5:00 pm on 14th March 2007.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None 5:00 pm, 14th March 2007

I think that Mr Brocklebank wishes to make a point of order.

Photo of Ted Brocklebank Ted Brocklebank Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Can you look into the circumstances that resulted in business being suspended at 16:48 today, which denied the Parliament a final opportunity to debate the extremely important Scottish statutory instrument on tail docking? If that legislation is passed, we will have the ludicrous situation wherein a bitch in pup can be transported across the border into England a week before she gives birth and her pups can then have their tails shortened—

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

Mr Brocklebank, you had the chance to say this earlier, you know.

Photo of Ted Brocklebank Ted Brocklebank Conservative

Presiding Officer, it seems to us that the session was completed prematurely, and we did not have the opportunity to make the points that I am making now.

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I do not think that the suspension would have been premature if you had been here, Mr Brocklebank.

Photo of Ted Brocklebank Ted Brocklebank Conservative

In the circumstances, Presiding Officer, is it possible for you to rule that we at least be allowed to make this final plea on an extremely important matter?

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I think that you have. In allowing you to speak on the floor, I have allowed your point to be made. I think that we should move on.