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Business Of The House

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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Ordered,

That the provisions of paragraph (3) of the Order of 22nd May relating to Business of the House shall have effect with the following modifications:
Private Members' Notices of Motions shall have precedence over Government Business on 14th December 1979, and on 18th and 25th January, 1st February, 21st and 28th March, 18th April and 9th May 1980, and Ballots for the Notices for 18th January and subsequent days shall be held after Questions on Wednesday 12th December and Wednesday 19th December 1979 and on Wednesday 16th January, Wednesday 5th March, Wednesday 12th March, Wednesday 26th March and Wednesday 23rd April 1980.—[Mr. Cope.]

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I wonder whether, in the form of a point of order, I could ask you and others involved to try to ensure that when we have this process at 4 o'clock on a Friday there is a very loud and audible cry of "Object" from those who normally call "Object". There is a problem, because other Members might wish to object if no one else were to do so. If there is a cosy little conversation in the two yards over yonder, it makes a difficulty for other Members—a legitimate difficulty—which they need not suffer.

I am sure that what the hon. Gentleman said has been noted. My difficulty is when there is a cosy conversation at the other end of the House and I do not hear it.