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Statutory Instruments, &C

Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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With the leave of the House, I will put together the Questions on the two motions relating to statutory instruments.


That the Rent Book (Forms of Notice) (Amendment) Regulations 1990 (S.I., 1990, No. 1067) be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.
That the Rent Officers (Additional Functions) (No. 2) Order 1990 (S.I., 1990, No. 1068) be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr. Patnick.]

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. We all realise the pressure of business, but we have just had an important statement on an issue that affects the future of the planet. Only two more hon. Members wished to ask questions—

Order. I know. It would be very tempting to call all those hon. Members who rise on questions and statements.

Many other hon. Members wish to take part in today's debate. Even if I could impose a 10-minute limit on speeches, I should not be able to call all those who wish to participate. The House must accept that it is only fair to give hon. Members who wish to take part in the main debate the opportunity to do so.

Two Opposition Front-Bench spokesmen will be making speeches, and if they set a good example to the rest of the House I may be able to call a good many—though perhaps not all—of those hon. Members who wish to participate. Again, I ask for brief speeches.