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Point of Order

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. During Foreign Office questions, the Foreign Secretary said that he had placed papers in the Library—and also in the offices of the European Scrutiny Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee—that supposedly gave sustenance to his argument that the so-called red lines have remained as the Government interprets them. However, I have made inquiries of all the offices involved and have discovered that no such text has been received. Furthermore, even though the Foreign Affairs Committee is sitting tomorrow, there is no indication that the Government’s assertions—which run contrary to yesterday’s report from the European Scrutiny Committee—have been justified by any legal experts, whether external or otherwise.

The hon. Gentleman is an experienced Member of the House, and will no doubt know what I am about to say—that that is not a point of order for the Chair. However, his remarks will have been heard on the Treasury Bench, and I shall certainly make sure that some inquiries are made.