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Early-Day Motions And Amendments

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Early-day motion No. 46 reads:

"That this House deplores the suggestion of the Opposition Front Bench during the Second Reading of the Pensioners Payments Bill that the pensioners' Christmas bonus should be means-tested."
This issue was raised in the House last night, and the early-day motion was tabled at 9.45 p.m. Is it in order for that motion to appear with an amendment the first time it appears on the Order Paper, since this clearly means that the hon. Member for Northampton, South (Mr. Morris) went to the Table Office last night after I had been there and submitted an amendment to the motion before it had been published?

I am much obliged to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) for giving me prior notice of this point of order, which enabled me to inquire into the matter. As soon as a motion is handed in to the Table Office, it becomes the property of the House and is open to inspection by other Members. From that moment, amendments to the motion may be submitted in the ordinary way, and that is what occurred in the case of the hon. Gentleman's motion and the amendment thereto.