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Sub Judice Rule (Rhodesian Court Actions)

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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In reply to the query raised yesterday by the hon. Member for Tiverton (Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop), I should explain that it was ruled on two occasions by Mr. Speaker Clifton Brown that the sub judice rule does not apply to proceedings in courts of law outside the United Kingdom. These rulings have been followed by every Speaker since Mr. Speaker Clifton Brown. Therefore, there is no restriction of any kind on questions or debates relating to the proceedings of courts in Southern Rhodesia.

I call the hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes) to speak to a point of order. He appears to have forgotten it.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I had not forgotten it. There is clearly a misunderstanding. In negotiations with your office, it was decided that this point of order would not be pursued.

That shows that my office is able to attend to matters efficiently and quietly. I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has not pursued the point of order.