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Questions To Ministers

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 27 April 1949

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On a point of Order. Mr. Speaker. Questions today have now occupied exactly half-an-hour. Would it not, therefore, be suitable to review the Standing Orders and bring back again the peace-time custom, so as to give a further opportunity to answer Questions that have been passed over owing to the temporary absence of the Members concerned?

The hon. and gallant Member will realise that on the second day after the Recess very few Questions are put down. I have no doubt that tomorrow we shall have our full complement. If the House wishes to change the ordinary custom about a second round that is a matter for the House. I cannot give directives on that matter although I believe that it is not part of our Standing Order. It was accepted by the House, but, of course, if it is wished to make a change through the usual channels, I shall comply with the wishes of the House.