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Questions To Ministers

Volume 236: debated on Monday 17 March 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a schedule of the counter claims of the Soviet Government has yet been received; and whether he can state the total amount?

May I point out that this question was called earlier and the hon. Member then refused to put it.

When this question was called, I asked that it might be passed over for the moment, and I asked the next question to it. I put it to you, Mr. Speaker, that I am within my rights in asking the question if it comes round a second time.

67.

(for Captain GUNSTON) asked the Minister of Health when he proposes to publish the Poor Law Order, 1930?

On a point of Order. Is it not the generally recognised custom of the House that either the Minister or the Parliamentary Secretary should be here to answer a question?

If the hon. Member in whose name the question stands is not here when the question is reached on the first round, he cannot expect the Minister to be present if it is called again.

Surely, as a matter of courtesy, one of the representatives of the Ministry should he here? That has always been the case.

Is it not a fact that in the last Parliament junior Whips were usually told off to answer difficult questions?