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Point of Order

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will be aware that Culture, Media and Sport questions overran for about five minutes. I am grateful that you permitted that in order to enable my hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr. Swire) to ask his two questions. However, may I ask your department to conduct an analysis of the tape and consider the length of answers given by the Secretary of State and other Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and, possibly, Ministers in other Departments? The answers seemed extremely long in places, and although I do not argue that their quality was bad or good, the length was excessive.

We are not running to stopwatches yet. All that I will say to the hon. Gentleman is that I would not solely blame Ministers. Sometimes Back Benchers can be a bit too long-winded as well.