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London Members (Greater London Council)

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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4.28 pm

I have a brief statement to make. I have to inform the House that my attention has been drawn by two hon. Members, the hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Brown) and the hon. Member for Paddington (Mr. Wheeler), to certain words spoken by Mr. Kenneth Livingstone, the leader of the Greater London council and Mr. John McDonnell, the chairman of the finance and general purposes committee of that body, indicating an intention to restrict the provision of new services in the constituencies of any London Member of the House who failed to support the provisions of a forthcoming GLC money Bill.

I am satisfied that this is a matter to which I ought to allow precedence and the hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch, whose application I received first, is accordingly at liberty to table a motion for the commencement of public business tomorrow, which the House will decide.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. With reference to the announcement that you have just made, some of us who are London Members have received no communication from the people that you have named. May I ask whether you can make available to hon. Members, particularly from London, the data and the text of any such statement to which you have just referred?

It is not for me to produce the evidence; it is for the hon. Gentleman who will seek the leave of the House to make his case tomorrow.