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Parliamentary Printers

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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What I said to you privately, Mr. Speaker, was that my point of order was directed at you; I did not say that it was a very different point of order.

I should like to ask you, Sir, as Chairman of the House of Commons Commission, whether you will exercise your powers to convene that Commission—which includes the Leader of the House—and ask it to exercise its powers to include the parliamentary printers in the category of Officers and servants of the House. The Leader of the House will realise—as you certainly will, Mr. Speaker—that many difficulties have been caused to at least three previous Governments because the printers and warehousemen are responsible to Governments who are not necessarily competent. I suggest that if these people were Officers and servants of the House, as the trade unions concerned wish, we might be better served on these occasions.

I shall consider what the hon. Member has said.

On a different point of order, Mr. Nigel Spearing.