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Parliamentary Questions (Stratford-On-Avon)

Volume 82: debated on Monday 8 July 1985

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3.33 pm

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Question No. 28 begins

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The hon. Gentleman, who is a very admirable and likeable Member, has the privilege of representing myself, my wife, my daughter and my two grandsons and some dozen thousand others. He is wrong, or the Table Office is wrong, in giving to that historic and distinguished town the name of "Stratford-on-Avon". There is no such place. It is called "Stratford-upon-Avon".

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. This matter has been the subject of a long-running discussion over many years. Any hope of resolving the issue this afternoon requires more courage than the history of the controversy justifies.

Later

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Continuing my campaign against the boundary commissioners, not against their chairman, I was most perturbed to hear that a mistake had been made in the name of Stratford-upon-Avon. Will you, as Chairman, keep an eye on the boundary commissioners as they are so daft that they will rename it at the drop of a hat?

I, too, feel very strongly about constituency names. I shall keep a careful eye on the matter.