HC Deb 29 May 1936 vol 312 cc2388-9

On a point of Order. I want to raise again the point about the Prime Minister not taking a Question which was put down to him and accepted for the Order Paper. I am raising a protest. The time has come when attention should be drawn to this matter. It is not fair that private Members should be side-tracked in this fashion. We are sent here by the electors equally with any Prime Minister, and if a Question is accepted at the Table, the Prime Minister has no right to alter it. If he cannot be here and delegates the position to another person, one can accept that, but not to have it altered to another Minister of State. I am raising this so that the Prime Minister will know that private Members cannot be played with at the whim of anybody.


I have always under stood, and I believe it to be the case, that under the practice of this House, Ministers have the right to transfer questions addressed to them to other Ministers to answer.