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Business Of The House

Volume 928: debated on Monday 21 March 1977

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. If I may refer to your previous remarks, may I take it that you have some cognisance, which is denied to the rest of us, of what is in the motion? You said that when you saw the motion you would give your ruling whether it would be possible to raise matters other than defence. May we take it that you know more about the subject than we do?

What I said was quite clear. I said "when" I saw it. I do not know any more than the rest of the House on this matter.

I hope you will agree that it is a genuine point of order, Mr. Speaker. The right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the House has given the impression that there will not be a motion before the House tomorrow. All we are trying to find out is whether, if there is not to be a motion before the House, you can or cannot guide us today or tomorrow.

If the Liberal Party does not mind, I shall fall back on a Liberal saying. We must wait and see.