HC Deb 24 April 1968 vol 763 cc231-2
Mr. Hastings

On a point of order. I understand, Mr. Speaker—although I was not in the Chamber at the time—that the President of the Board of Trade made reference to Question No. 50 in response to another Question about London Airport. I wonder, in those circumstances, if the right hon. Gentleman is now prepared to answer it.

Mr. Speaker

I have had no such request from the Minister.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

On a point of order. I think that it will be within your recollection, Mr. Speaker, that both the Minister of State and the Parliamentary Secretary said in answer to earlier Questions that they could not reply to a Question about investment grants in the hotel industry because there was a later Question on the Notice Paper on the subject. As far as I can see, the only Question relating to this subject is Written Question No. 7, in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Moray and Nairn (Mr. G. Campbell). Have you had any indication, Mr. Speaker, that either Minister intends to answer this Question at the end of Question Time?

Mr. Speaker

I have not had a request from the Minister to answer Question No. 7 at the end of Question Time.

Sir Harmar Nicholls

Further to that point of order. It appears that, perhaps inadvertently, the Minister misled the House on two occasions when it was indicated that an important Question arising out of the Questions which had been reached would be answered later. Is it possible for that later Question to be called?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Mrs. Gwyneth Dun-woody)

Further to that point or order, and since I was one of the Ministers involved, it might be helpful if I explained that there was a Question on the Order Paper tabled by the hon. Member for Honiton (Mr. Emery), but that was not asked because the hon. Gentleman was not in his place to ask it.

Hon. Members

Where is he?

Mrs. Dunwoody

I am sorry if I inadvertently said that it was a later Question which would be answered. I am not sure at what point in the proceedings I said that, but, in any event, I beg the House's pardon if I put the matter the wrong way round.

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