With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I beg to present a petition signed by the Mayor, Aldermen, Burgesses and other citizens of the borough of Lewisham, over 30,000 signatures in all, asking that the Fleet Line, as a matter of urgency, be extended to Lewisham and beyond.
The petition, which is self-explanatory, reads:
The humble Petition of the residents of South-East London sheweth
That the Fleet Line Underground Railway is a vital element in the plans for a much needed and long awaited improvement in the public transport system of South-East London and will have a profound impact upon such problems as traffic congestion and employment opportunities. We believe that the Fleet Line is an essential priority to help improve the quality of life in South-East London.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that the honourable House take all such steps as are necessary to ensure that the Fleet Line Underground Railway should be extended as a matter of urgency to Lewisham and beyond.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
To lie upon the Table.
Do I understand that the hon. Member for Dorking (Sir G. Sinclair) raised a point of order about a petition to a Minister?
Yes, Mr. Speaker.
That is an abuse of a point of order. A petition to a Minister is nothing to do with the Chair and is nothing to do with the House. Such matters must be pursued in the ordinary way in the House. It is wrong to use a point of order about a petition presented to a Minister.