HC Deb 03 July 1924 vol 175 cc1507-8
Viscount CURZON

On a point of Order, may I, Mr. Speaker, draw your attention to Question No. 73, which is in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for West Woolwich (Sir K. Wood), which is a question of urgency and has not been reached. It is as follows: To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he proposes to proceed to the eviction of Mr. W. E. Dudley, of Woolwich, an ex-soldier, who is unable to find suitable housing accommodation for himself, his wife, and five children? Will you allow me to put the question as a private question?


No, I could not allow that, especially in view of the fact that it is the fourth question on the Paper by the hon. Member for West Woolwich, and in any case would not have been called.


May I, Sir, in asking you to reconsider that decision, point out that this concerns the affairs of a constituent of mine, and that the matter is really of an urgent character?


If I were to adopt that course, hon. Members might put more supplementary questions than they do now. I have often asked hon. Members to be considerate in supplementary questions, and to have more regard to questions later on the Paper. This present incident allows Members to see the effect of their own indulgences.


I want to know, Sir, how to put down a question concerning the Stone of Destiny that is lying at Westminster. I have put down such a question, but it has not gone through—I am told on your instructions. The Stone of Destiny was taken by [Hoy. MEMBERS: "Order, order!"]


I cannot allow questions to be put to me about matters disallowed, but the hon. Member may, if he wishes, see me privately.