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Points of Order

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I tabled a question on 23 June to the Home Office asking how many people on the sex offenders’ register had gone missing. It was a named-day question for 26 June. It is now 4 July and I have not received even a holding answer. Is it right for Back-Benchers’ questions to be completely ignored? What is your advice?

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising the matter. I have had a discussion with the Leader of the House, who informed me that he is speaking to Ministers to get them to hurry up and put the information before the House.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday, the armed forces Minister presented a written statement to the House about changes to the Defence Logistics Organisation, which will mean job losses in Shropshire. Should not a statement of such magnitude and with such an impact on constituents throughout Shropshire, especially my own in The Wrekin, be oral, not written?

I am not privy to how those statements are made. Whether a statement is oral or written is up to the relevant Minister. Of course, if hon. Members are dissatisfied with that, it is up to them to apply for urgent questions.