HC Deb 07 February 1961 vol 634 c214
Mr. Rankin

After your Ruling yesterday, Mr. Speaker, on my supplementary question to Question No. 25, I looked at volumes of HANSARD covering the last ten years. I found many references to the Royal Family. Whether or not the statements made in those exchanges and speeches cast reflections seemed to be a matter of interpretation. I thought that my supplementary question could well come within that category. In view of your Ruling, Sir, would you say quite definitely under what conditions references to the Royal Family may be made in this House?

Mr. Speaker

I ruled the hon. Member's supplementary question out of order because it is my duly, in the service of the House, to maintain the rule about questions to which I referred him yesterday. There is nothing new about it. The rule is, as far as I know, at page 358 of Erskine May. I cannot discuss it now. I am grateful to the hon. Member for not persisting yesterday at what the House might have thought was an inappropriate moment, but I really cannot invent any reason for discussing my Ruling now.

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