HC Deb 19 October 1972 vol 843 cc462-3
Rev. Ian Paisley

I beg to move the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 to discuss a specific and important matter which demands urgent consideration, namely, the troubles in Northern Ireland and the need for immediate steps to protect the civilian population. This House, by its own vote, decided to take into its hands the Government of Northern Ireland. At the present time there has arisen a very serious and almost terrifying situation in regard to the security of the civilian population. I have already referred to this during business questions. The people of Northern Ireland will deplore the fact that at the end of this Session no arrangement has been made or no firm promise has been given that a day of the debate on the Queen's Speech will be devoted to this subject. Such a promise has not been forthcoming from the Government.

I say on behalf of the people I represent and, I believe, on behalf of the vast majority of citizens of Northern Ireland, that they feel that this House does not realise, or at least the Government do not realise, the seriousness of the situation and the imperative necessity for the Government to take the initiative at this time.

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) was courteous enough to give notice that he might seek to make this application today. He has made the application in the terms he has stated. I have considered the matter, and also the exchange during Business Questions, and I have also taken into account other factors, such as the other business before the House. I am afraid that I cannot grant the hon. Members' application.