HC Deb 02 February 1970 vol 795 c31
Mr. Moonman

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Would you say whether any representation has been made by the Secretary of State for Social Services to answer Question No. 85, because of the gravity of this issue, and because of the projected airlift of women from the United States seeking abortions, in order to relieve the anxiety of many hon. Members, and, indeed, a large section of the population?

Mr. Speaker

I have had no such request from the Minister.

Sir D. Walker-Smith

On a point of order. Mr. Speaker. May I respectfully ask you whether, having regard to the constitutional and Parliamentary importance of Question No. 73, and having regard to the obscurity of Ministerial Answers so far, and the desirability of Ministerial candour in their dealings with the House, the Foreign Secretary has asked permission to answer it orally?

Mr. Speaker

Many hon. Members whose Questions have a low place on the Order Paper would like to elevate them. I cannot do that unless the Minister asks me to.