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Point of Order

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Have you or Mr. Speaker received any notice from the Solicitor-General about a statement to the House on the collapse of the prosecution of Derek Pasquill, a Foreign Office official who was charged under the Official Secrets Act? The case collapsed on its first day because the Crown Prosecution Service indicated to the court that internal Foreign Office documents about the rendition information that Derek Pasquill had leaked to the press undermined the prosecution’s case that the leaks were damaging. In addition, Madam Deputy Speaker—

Order. Before the hon. Gentleman goes much further, perhaps I should say that this is not a matter for the occupant of the Chair. I understand its importance to the hon. Gentleman, but it is not the responsibility of the occupant of the Chair.



Mr. Secretary Hutton, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Jacqui Smith, Secretary Hilary Benn, Secretary Hazel Blears, Secretary John Denham and Malcolm Wicks, presented a Bill to make provision relating to gas importation and storage; to make provision in relation to electricity generated from renewable sources; to make provision about the decommissioning of energy installations and wells; to make provision about the management and disposal of waste produced during the operation of nuclear installations; to make provision relating to petroleum licences; to make provision about third party access to oil and gas infrastructure and modifications of pipelines; to make provision about reports relating to energy matters; to make provision relating to gas meters and electricity meters and provision relating to electricity safety; to make provision about the security of equipment, software and information relating to nuclear matters; and for connected purposes.: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Monday 14 January, and to be printed. Explanatory notes to be printed. [Bill 53].

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