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Points of Order

Volume 525: debated on Thursday 24 March 2011

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. On Tuesday, a member of the trade union USDAW who was attending an event in this House was not allowed to enter because security officials objected to one of the slogans on the board he was bringing in. They did not object to his bringing in a board per se, but merely to the slogan, which said: “Child Benefit Frozen by the Tories”. The USDAW One was kept in a room near the security entrance until I went down to free him, when he was allowed to come through. Will you investigate this matter, Mr Deputy Speaker, and can it be made clear that entrance to this House should be denied only on the grounds of security, and not on the grounds of the views that people wish to express?

I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving me notice of her point of order. This is not a matter on which I can readily comment. I invite her to discuss it with the Serjeant at Arms. As the hon. Lady knows, we do not discuss security arrangements on the Floor of the House, but I hope that some arrangement may be come to.

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Following comments made by a senior member of the Opposition Front Bench on the “Today” programme this morning, I wonder whether you could clarify a point of order for me, as a new Member of this House unsure of all its rules. I know that it is not in order to accuse an hon. Member of lying following comments made inside the Chamber, but I wonder whether it is in order to accuse an hon. Member of lying on the basis of comments made outside the Chamber.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for letting me know about that point of order. The position on reflections made on Members of the House, and others, is set out on pages 438 and 439 of “Erskine May”. Reflections on Members’ conduct cannot be made in debate unless based on a substantive motion. That applies to reflections made on conduct either inside or outside the Chamber.

Bills Presented

European Convention on Human Rights (Withdrawal) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Peter Bone, supported by Mr Philip Hollobone, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless, Richard Drax, Philip Davies and Dr Julian Lewis, presented a Bill to make provision for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 9 September, and to be printed (Bill 172).

Common Fisheries Policy (Withdrawal) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Peter Bone, supported by Mr Philip Hollobone, Steve Baker, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless, Richard Drax, Philip Davies, Andrew Percy and Dr Julian Lewis, presented a Bill to make provision for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Common Fisheries Policy.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 21 October, and to be printed (Bill 171).

European Union (Freedom of Movement) (Amendment) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Peter Bone, supported by Mr Philip Hollobone, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless, Richard Drax, Philip Davies, Zac Goldsmith and Andrew Percy, presented a Bill to make provision for the United Kingdom to establish immigration controls for European Union nationals independent of the European Union.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 25 November, and to be printed (Bill 170).

European Union (Exemption from Value Added Tax Regulation) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Peter Bone, supported by Mr Philip Hollobone, Steve Baker, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless, Richard Drax, Philip Davies and Zac Goldsmith, presented a Bill to make provision for the United Kingdom to set Value Added Tax rates without regard to the rules set by the European Union.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 20 January 2012, and to be printed (Bill 169).