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Questions To Ministers

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am sorry to have to pursue for two days running the same fairly important point. Could some of the rest of us in the House occasionally break in on the charmed circle of those whom you habitually call?

The whole House is aware that the hon. Gentleman is not the most reticent of Members. He is certainly not the most shy. He has certainly been called as often as I believe he deserves to be.


Further to my point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am sorry to have to pursue this matter, Sir. Surely catching your eye is a matter of fair shares and not a matter of your judgment on our individual merits. If that is so, some of us may have to adopt the tactics of bloody-mindedness and bullying which seem to win through with other hon. Members.

No Speaker can be expected to tolerate that sort of remark. The hon. Gentleman is not advancing his own claims. I try to be fair. I can do no more. Whenever the hon. Gentleman is not called, he seems to feel that there is an unfair balance.