HC Deb 17 March 1959 vol 602 cc206-7
Mr. Hector Hughes

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it not inconsistent with the traditions of the House that Ministers such as those who have answered until now, except the Prime Minister, should answer at such inordinate length, as they have done, as to deprive the Prime Minister of the opportunity of answering important Questions, especially as he is spending so much of his time abroad?

Mr. Speaker

I think that there have been faults as to length on both sides today.

Mr. Hughes

Further to that point of order. Is not today a very remarkable day in that respect? Never in my recollection of the House have Questions been answered by Ministers at such inordinate length as they have today.

Mr. Rankin

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In view of the Prime Minister's imminent departure to America, would he care to ansker Question No. 49?

Mr. Speaker

He may not do so.

Forward to