§ The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:
§ 59. Mr. KITSON
TO ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will announce the name of the Chairman of the Gaming Board.
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
Mr. Speaker, is it not a disgrace that the Government have not got any Minister present to answer Questions in the House? What are the Whips doing about it? Why are they not here in their place?
§ Mr. William Hamilton
On a point of order. Is it not also a disgrace that so many Conservative hon. Members are absent, including the hon. Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle), the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. J. H. Osborn) and the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Gresham Cooke).
§ Mr. Moonman
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should be grateful if the first point of order which was raised could 973 be repeated because we were at somewhat of a disadvantage in not having been able to hear it on this side of the House.
§ Mr. Kenneth Lewis
On a point of order. Can we suspend the sitting of the House until such time as the Minister arrives and restart Questions at a quarter to four when he is available?
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. I answer the hon. Member. We cannot suspend the House; it is in a state of suspense at the moment. We cannot begin Questions again at a quarter to four. I have answered the hon. Member's two points.
Earl of Dalkeith
In view of the fact that the Prime Minister is supposed to be responsible for everything, could he not answer these Questions?
§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
Could not some arrangement be made whereby the occasional hiatus, which is very largely due, not to any fault of the Government— [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—but to the absence of hon. Members, could be avoided?
§ Dame Irene Ward
I was about to ask whether the Prime Minister could arrange for the Leader of the House to come to deal with these Questions.
§ Sir J. Langford-Holt
On a point of order. Will the Questions which have been omitted be answered after the Prime Minister has finished answering Questions?