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Members (Personal Attacks)

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Last night on the Adjournment, the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale (Mr. Montgomery) used about half the time available to him to launch a personal attack upon me. He gave me no notice of his intention. I wish to ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether it is still the tradition of the House that when hon. Members intend to make personal attacks of that kind, they should give notice to the hon. Members concerned.

I am already dealing separately with another complaint of a personal attack being made upon an hon. Member. I have not read the details of the Adjournment debate last night. I shall, of course, immediately do so. I would merely say to the House that nothing is ever gained for any of us by personal attacks when reasoned argument is the basis on which we work.