HC Deb 08 February 1973 vol 850 cc645-6
Mr. Arthur Lewis

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should like to thank you for your kindness in sending me a letter on the matter which I raised yesterday, which will be within the knowledge of the House, and which I shall not repeat now.

The matter that I now wish to raise affects the general procedure on the tabling of Questions, and you may think that it is a proper matter to refer to the Committee on Procedure. If the Table Office accepts a Question under a mistake or misapprehension—and I make no adverse comment against the Table Office, to which I pay tribute—and then sends the hon. Member concerned a note saying that it has decided to withdraw the Question, should not the Order Paper on the following day contain some reference to the fact that the Question has been withdrawn?

The point I wish to make is that there should be some arrangement to show the factual position, namely, that the Question has been withdrawn and whether it has been withdrawn with or without the consent of the hon. Member. In other words, should this fact not be set out in some way on the Order Paper?

Mr. Speaker

I note what the hon. Gentleman says. I shall consider whether I should add to my letter to him and whether I should seek to refer the matter to the Committee on Procedure.