HC Deb 17 November 1960 vol 630 cc555-6
Mr. Dudley Williams

With your permission and that of the House, Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask you a question of which I have given you private notice, namely, is it in order for an outside body to distribute a circular issued in connection with a proposed meeting in the House of Commons without indicating thereon the name of the Member to whom the requisite room has been allotted?

Mr. Speaker

No, it is not. The rule provides that the Member to whom the Committee Room has been allotted is responsible for the use made of the room and must attend personally, and his or her name must be indicated on all notices and circulars issued in connection with the meeting.

Mr. Williams

I thank you for that reply, Sir. May I draw your attention to the fact that, as I believe, all hon. Members have today been circulated by the Howard League for Penal Reform to the effect that it is planned to hold a meeting at the House of Commons, and that no mention is made in the same circular of any hon. Member? I am not suggesting far a moment that this is a matter which should be sent to the Committee of Privileges, but I hope you will agree that it is an affront to the dignity of this House.

Mr. Speaker

I expect that they forgot to put down the name of the hon. Member who was to sponsor them. The hon. Member for Exeter (Mr. Dudley Williams) may rest assured that they will not get a room unless they are, in fact, sponsored.