HC Deb 25 April 1975 vol 890 cc1887-8
Mr. David Steel

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I apologise for the fact that I was unable to give you notice of this point of order, but I have only just verified the facts.

I received a letter from the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland this morning, a sentence of which reads: You will know by now the Secretary of State has made the Sheriff Court Districts Reorganisation Order 1975. Without going into detail, Mr. Speaker, this is a matter which affects my constituency, but I read about it in the newspapers only this morning although I had written to the Secretary of State on the subject a month ago. The order is still not available in the Vote Office or in the Library, although, apparently, it has been made available to the Press. There appears to be an element of discourtesy, and, indeed, a breach of order, which should be looked into.

Mr. Speaker

I do not think that it is a matter for me, but no doubt the hon. Gentleman's remarks will be noted and the matter remedied as quickly as possible.