Motion made, and Question put, That the Welsh Development Agency Bill be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee. —[ Mr. John Morris.]
Whereupon not less than twenty Members having risen in their places and
signified their objection thereto, Mr. SPEAKER declared that the Noes had it pursuant to Standing Order No. 72 (Welsh Grand Committee).
On a point of order. Mr. Speaker. The Welsh Development Agency Bill was to have been referred to the Welsh Grand Committee as a matter of exclusively Welsh interest. Is it in order for Members representing non-Welsh constituencies to object to that?
The answer is "yes".
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As there is a heavy legislative programme before the House and as there is objection to the Welsh Development Agency Bill, is it possible that the Bill will not now go through this Session, with the result that the people of Wales might not benefit from it?
That is not a matter for the Chair.