HC Deb 16 March 1978 vol 946 cc635-6
Mr. Rost

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It will not have escaped your notice that Hansard has again not been printed this morning. The official Order Paper of the House has again been disrupted. Moreover, this is the third occasion this week when the business of the House has been disrupted and inconvenienced by an inability to provide the printing in the normal way. I accept that you, Mr. Speaker, obviously do not have direct responsibility for this; nevertheless, you have an indirect responsibility to ensure that the proceedings of the House are conducted in an orderly way and in a manner in which we can conduct our business with reasonable facilities.

Is it not possible, Mr. Speaker, for you to extract a statement or an apology or explanation from the Leader of the House, he having failed to make such a statement, so that we can get some understanding as to how long this dispute will continue?

Mr. Speaker

I should like to tell the House that a good many of the servants of the House have been working extra hard in order to ensure that we have the facilities that we have. On the question of the industrial dispute, the House will not expect me to make a statement off the cuff.