HC Deb 05 August 1971 vol 822 cc1847-954
Mr. Blenkinsop

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It is a growing habit of Ministers to dodge making statements which they have promised to make by answering Written Questions, with the result that there is no opportunity for hon. Members to question the statement made.

In particular, I wish to ask for your ruling, Mr. Speaker, on a matter relating to the shipbuilding industry credit guarantees. Months ago the House was promised a statement before the recess. This promise was repeated last week, but the Question has now been answered in writing, so that hon. Members have no opportunity to question it. Can you give any guidance on how the House can be protected in this matter?

Mr. Speaker

I think the answer is, "No". It is not a matter for the Chair, but no doubt what the hon. Gentleman has said has been noted.

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