HC Deb 23 November 1977 vol 939 c1520
Mr. Carlisle

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Although we have had an hour on Questions to the Department of the Environment, we appear to have reached only Question No. 15. Those who have been in the House throughout the hour will agree that there have not been a particularly large number of supplementary questions on those Questions. Cannot some control be exercised over the length of ministerial answers, in particular?

Mr. Speaker

We have covered 18 Questions this afternoon, but I agree that that is not good enough. I made my appeal at the beginning, but both questions and answers tended to be longer than usual.