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Business Of The House

Volume 21: debated on Saturday 3 April 1982

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That, at this day's sitting, Mr. Speaker do adjourn the House at Two o'clock without putting any Question.—[Mr. Jopling.]

The hon. Member for Swindon (Mr. Stoddart) gave me notice of a manuscript amendment, which I do not propose to accept. The manuscript amendment proposes that the sitting should continue until 5 o'clock. If the House wishes to vote on the motion, I think that it had better do so straight away to avoid taking time out of the main debate. If the motion were rejected, we would have an open-ended debate.

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I wish to speak briefly to the motion and to give my reasons for asking that the manuscript amendment be accepted.

The motion proposes a three-hour debate. Quite naturally, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and other senior Front Bench spokesmen will wish to put the point of view of the Government and of the Opposition. The House is packed with Privy Councillors, ex-Prime Ministers and ex-Foreign Secretaries, who are entitled to give the House the benefit of their long experience. There will therefore be very little time left for Back-Bench Members to give their views and those of their constituents whom they will have consulted yesterday about the grave crisis facing this country and the international terrorism perpetrated on the Falkland Islands by the Argentine Government.

I hope, therefore, that the House will vote against the motion so that we may have an adequate discussion on this matter.

Question put:—

The House divided: Ayes 204, Noes 115.

Division No. 117]

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Arnold,TomGow, Ian
Aspinwall,JackGrant, Anthony (Harrow C)
Atkins, RtHon H.(S'thorne)Greenway, Harry
Atkins,Robert(PrestonN)Grist, Ian
Bendall, VivianHampson, DrKeith
Benyon, W(Buckingham)Hannam,John
Biffen, RtHon JohnHavers, Rt Hon Sir Michael
Blackburn,JohnHayhoe, Barney
Blaker, PeterHeddle,John
Body, RichardHiggins, Rt Hon Terence L.
Bottomley, Peter (W'wich W)Holland, Philip(Carlton)
Bowden,AndrewHowe, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Boyson,Dr RhodesHowell, Ralph (N Norfolk)
Braine,SirBernardHunt, David (Wirral)
Bright.GrahamHurd, RtHon Douglas
Brooke, Hon PeterJenkin, Rt Hon Patrick
Browne,John(Winchester)Jessel, Toby
Bryan, Sir PaulJohnsonSmith,Geoffrey
Budgen,NickJoseph, Rt Hon Sir Keith
Butcher,JohnKershaw, SirAnthony
Carlisle, John (Luton West)King, RtHon Tom
Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln)Kitson,SirTimothy
Carlisle, RtHonM. (R'c'n)Lang, Ian
Chalker, Mrs. LyndaLeMarchant,Spencer
Channon, Rt. Hon. PaulLennox-Boyd.HonMark
Chapman,SydneyLester, Jim (Beeston)
Clark, SirW. (Croydon S)Lloyd, Peter (Fareham)
Cope,JohnLyell, Nicholas
Costain,SirAlbertMcCrindle, Robert
Crouch,DavidMacmillan, RtHonM.
Douglas-Hamilton, LordJ.McNair-Wilson,M.(N'bury,)
Dover.DenshoreMcQuarrie, Albert
du Cann, Rt Hon EdwardMadel, David
Dunn, Robert (Dartford)Major, John
Eden, RtHon Sir JohnMarlow,Antony
Edwards, Rt Hon N. (P'broke)Marshall,Michael(Arundel)
Emery, Sir PeterMawhinney,DrBrian
Eyre,ReginaldMaxwell-Hyslop, Robin
Faith, MrsSheilaMayhew, Patrick
Fell, Sir AnthonyMellor, David
Fenner, Mrs PeggyMiller,Hal(B'grove)
Fisher, Sir NigelMills, Peter (West Devon)
Fletcher, A. (Ed'nb'ghN)


Fletcher-Cooke.SirCharlesMoate, Roger
Fowler, Rt Hon NormanMorris, M. (N'hamptonS)
Fraser, Peter (South Angus)Moyle, RtHon Roland
Fry, PeterMurphy,Christopher
Gardiner, George(Reigate)Nelson,Anthony
Gilmour, RtHon Sir IanNormanton.Tom
Glyn, DrAlanNott, RtHon John
Goodhart.SirPhilipOnslow, Cranley

Oppenheim, Rt Hon Mrs S.Stewart, Ian (Hitchin)
Page, John (Harrow, West)StradlingThomasJ.
Page, Richard (SWHerts)Taylor, Teddy (S'end E)
Parkinson, RtHonCecilTebbit, Rt Hon Norman
Patten.Christopher(Bath)Thatcher, Rt Hon Mrs M.
Pawsey, JamesThorne, Neil (IlfordSouth)
Percival, Sir IanTownsend, Cyril D, (B'heath)
Peyton, Rt Hon JohnTrippier, David
Porter, Barryvan Straubenzee, Sir W.
Proctor, K. HarveyVaughan, DrGerard
Pym, Rt Hon FrancisViggers, Peter
Raison, Rt Hon TimothyWaddington, David
Rathbone, TimWaldegrave, HonWilliam
Rhys Williams, Sir BrandonWalker, B. (Perth)
Ridley,Hon NicholasWalker-Smith, Rt Hon Sir D.
Rossi, HughWall.SirPatrick
Shaw, Giles (Pudsey)Warren,Kenneth
Shaw,Michael (Scarborough)Watson,John
Shepherd,Colin (Hereford)Whitelaw, RtHonWilliam
Silvester, FredWhitney, Raymond
Sims, RogerWickenden,Keith
Skeet, T. H. H.Wilkinson,John
Speed, KeithWilliams.D.(Montgomery,)
Spicer, Jim (WestDorset)Younger, Rt Hon George
Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)
Squire,RobinTellers for the Ayes:
Stainton, KeithMr. Carol Mather and Mr. Anthony Berry.


Alton,DavidCormack, Patrick
Amery, Rt Hon JulianCox.T. (W'dsw'th, Toot'g)
Ashley, Rt Hon JackCranborne, Viscount
Berth, A. J.Crawshaw,Richard
Benn, Rt Hon TonyDavis, Clinton (Hackney C)
Bennett,Andrew(St'kp'tN)Davis, Terry (B'ham, Stechf'd)
Biggs-Davison,SirJohnDubs, Alfred
Bottomley, RtHonA(M'b'ro)Dunnett.Jack
Bray, Dr JeremyEastham.Ken
Brocklebank-Fowler.C.Edwards, R. (W'hampt'n S E)
Brown, Hugh D. (Provan)English,Michael
Brown, Ronald W. (H'ckn'yS)Ennals, Rt Hon David
Callaghan, Jim (Midd't'n&P)Farr,John
Campbell,IanField, Frank
Campbell-Savours, DaleFitt, Gerard
Carmichael.NeilFoulkes, George
Clark, Hon A. (Plym'th, S'n)Fraser, J. (Lamb'th, N'w'd)
Cohen,StanleyFreeson, RtHon Reginald

Gilbert, RtHon Dr JohnRobinson, P. (Belfast E)
Hamilton, W.W. (C'tral Fife)Rodgers, RtHonWilliam
Haynes, FrankRooker, J. W.
Holland, (L'b'th,Vauxh'll)Roper,John
Homewood, WilliamRowlands,Ted
Janner.HonGrevilleSheldon, Rt Hon R.
Jay, RtHon DouglasSilkin, Rt Hon S. C. (Dulwich)
Jenkins, Rt Hon Roy (Hillhead)Silverman,Julius
Johnston, Russell(Inverness)Soley, Clive
Lamond, JamesStewart, Rt Hon D. (W Isles)
Leighton, RonaldStoddart,David
Lewis, Ron (Carlisle)Straw,Jack
Lloyd, Ian (Havant & W'loo)Summerskill,HonDrShirley
McGu ire, Michael (Ince)Thomas, Mike (Newcastle E)
MacKenzie, RtHonGregorTilley,John
McTaggart, RobertTorney,Tom
McWilliam.JohnUrwin, RtHon Tom
Magee, BryanWainwright E. (DearneV)
Marks,KennethWeetch, Ken
Mitchell, Austin(Grimsby)Welsh,Michael
Molyneaux,JamesWhite, Frank R.
Morgan,GeraintWhite, J. (G'gowPollok)
Morris, Rt Hon C. (O'shaw)Williams, Rt Hon A.(S'sea W)
Newens, StanleyWilliams, Rt Hon Mrs (Crosby)
Ogden,EricWilson, RtHonSirH.(H'ton)
Owen, Rt Hon Dr DavidWinnick, David
Paisley, Rev IanWoodall,Alec
Park, GeorgeWoolmer,Kenneth
Pitt, William HenryYoung, David (Bolton E)
Powell, Rt Hon J.E. (S Down)
Powell, Raymond(Ogmore)Tellers for the Noes:
Price, C. (Lewisham W)Mr. John Maxton and Mr. John Home Robertson.
Radice, Giles

Question accordingly agreed to.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday, as reported in column 620 of Hansard, your Deputy undertook to enter into certain consultations in answer to a question of mine about whether the Foreign Secretary could be examined at the Bar of the House about the Falkland Islands. Could you please inform us of the results of those consultations?

Only the House can decide on that question. It is not a matter for a ruling by Mr. Speaker.