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Point of Order

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 8 July 2009

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. About 350 passengers, some of them my constituents, on the cruise ship the Marco Polo, which is now berthed in Invergordon, have symptoms of norovirus, the vomiting bug. NHS Highland is considering moving passengers to London on dozens of coaches—a 10-hour journey without sufficient toilet facilities—or on a train. Passengers generally want the ship to return to Tilbury as soon as possible; most are being cared for properly, in their cabins, and NHS Highland could put nurses and doctors on board the ship to help. How can we in this House ensure that the matter is dealt with properly and in the best interests of our constituents, the passengers?

I am sorry to hear what the hon. Member has to say, but it is not a point of order for the Chair. Nevertheless, he has been able to express his concerns about many of his constituents.