HC Deb 01 April 1969 vol 781 cc235-6
Mr. S. O. Davies

May I apologise, Mr. Speaker, for attempting to raise my point of order at the wrong moment. My point of order is to ask whether a Member can get any explanation why a Question put down to the Prime Minister—one of the very first Questions on the Order Paper eight to ten days ago—should be shifted into the mêlée of Questions to most Ministers? I find that it was on the Order Paper today at No. 67. The Question dealt directly and wholly with Government policy and only the Prime Minister could answer it, or the right hon. Gentleman appointed by him to answer Questions, as has been done this afternoon.

Mr. Speaker

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for postponing his point of order. Points of order raised in Question Time take up time. I must, however, say that Mr. Speaker has no power to interfere with Ministers transferring Questions from one to another. If the Prime Minister transferred the hon. Gentleman's Question, even with the lamentable result of making it as late as No. 67, it is not a point for Mr. Speaker.