HC Deb 28 February 1978 vol 945 c375

As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

10.0 p.m.

Mr. Hugh Jenkins (Putney)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should like to express to you my amazement and regret at the exclusion—though I must not question it—of New Clause No. 1 from our discussion this evening.

My reasons for astonishment at its exclusion are these. I could quite easily have collected a large number of additional signatures to the new clause, but it never occurred to me that there was any doubt or possibility that a clause which puts forward a proposal that has never been discussed in the Chamber at all, although it was discussed in Committee, and puts forward a specific proposal that has never been discussed in Committee or in this Chamber, concerning the specific recommendations at the end of the clause, would not be discussed. I therefore find myself astonished, amazed and disappointed.

Sir George Sinclair (Dorking)rose

Mr. Speaker

Order. I was much more tolerant with the hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Jenkins) than I ought to have been. It is absolutely out of order to criticise the selection of amendments.