HC Deb 08 April 1971 vol 815 cc684-5
Mr. Arthur Lewis

I should like to raise a point of order on procedure, Mr. Speaker. If a request is made that the Prime Minister, who is now present, should answer Questions Q8 and 9, and as the Easter Recess is upon us and there is not time for us to have a statement for a week or so, would you grant the Prime Minister the necessary permission to make a statement now?

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Perhaps I may give some ecumenical support to the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) that you should concede that request.

Mr. McNamara

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. If we are to take all these, what about Q7, which is mine?

Mr. Speaker

It is not a matter for me. Mr. Rees-Davies.

Mr. Frank Allaun

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Prime Minister will know that I asked him a few days ago whether he would make a statement relating to the subject of the Questions, so there is some reason for saying that he must have prepared a statement which he could make now rather than later.

Mr. Speaker

These are not matters for the Chair. Mr. Rees-Davies.