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The Hon Member For Birmingham, Perry Barr

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. There have been press references to a telephone conversation that I had with the chairman of the Secretaries' Council, in which reference was made to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker). On reflection, I think that it was unwise of me to have made that reference, although my intention was without malice. I assure the House and the hon. Member for Perry Barr that I had no intention of casting any doubt on the honour or integrity of the hon. Gentleman. If, as a result of my action, a wrong interpretation has been placed, I can only apologise most sincerely.