HC Deb 17 March 1971 vol 813 c1421
Mr. Arthur Lewis

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Shortly we shall be having a debate with a very restricted timetable under the guillotine. This debate will be further severely curtailed becaused the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is about to make a very long statement, full details of which were contained in Tuesday's Daily Telegraph details of which could obviously only have been given by the right hon. Gentleman's Department. Is it therefore in order that we should have the time of the House taken up by this long statement when it is customary for a Minister to make a statement only when the information is not available or has not been given?

Mr. Speaker

It may or may not be desirable. It certainly is not a point of order for me.