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Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No 2) Bill

Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Bill be now read a Second Time.—[ Mr. Wakehatn.]

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am sorry to delay the proceedings of the House, but, despite what the Leader of the House has said, I hope that there will be a debate on the paper and board industry tomorrow morning. I wish to establish whether it is within your power, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to ensure that a Minister other than a Minister from the Department of Industry will reply on behalf of the Government. Much of the debate will depend on energy subsidies and the Government's energy pricing strategy. If a Department of Industry brief is to be read in response to the debate, it must be in order for a Minister from the Department of Energy to read that brief and to take interventions from the Floor about the Government's energy pricing strategy. Will you raise that issue with the Leader of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker?

The topic is to be discussed in due course. Which Minister answers a debate is not a matter for the Chair. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman's point will be noted.