HC Deb 11 December 1972 vol 848 c40
Mr. Huckfield

On a point of order. I approached you this morning, Mr. Speaker, to ascertain whether I could raise this matter this afternoon.

I have now attempted to put down four Private Notice Questions on the matter of the police raid on the Railway Gazette and the questioning which took place last Thursday evening under the Official Secrets Act of the Editor of the Sunday Times. Since, so far, I have not been allowed to put this Question, apart from which I have already tried one Written Question to the Attorney-General and have been given no answer, apart from which, the Leader of the House, in his statement to the Leader of the Opposition, has told us nothing that we did not know already, in addition to which I have written to the Prime Minister and have so far received no reply from him, and in view of the facts that I have now tried every constitutional way I know to find out exactly what is going on and that the raids which have taken place constitute, I think, a very serious and dangerous threat to the working of the Press in this country, when will the Government tell us exactly what has been going on?

Mr. Speaker

Those are not matters for the Chair.