On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. On 3 December, during the Queen’s Speech debate, I intervened on the Prime Minister to ask when the Government would formally produce a response to the parliamentary ombudsman’s report on Equitable Life. He assured me, in this Chamber, that the Government’s response would come before the House of Commons before the Christmas recess. That has not happened, and it will not happen now. I am appalled that the Prime Minister should make a commitment of such magnitude and then renege on it. Is there any chance that we could bring him before the House to explain himself?
On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Chair of this Chamber has a great tradition of protecting the interests of Back Benchers, but today is estimates day and Back Benchers have lost some 2 hours and 38 minutes of debate on those estimates. Is there any way that Back Benchers can be protected, so that our Select Committee reports can be discussed without any loss of time for debating other matters such as we have witnessed this afternoon?