HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c109

The House met at half-past Two o'clock

The Clerk at the Table informed the House of the unavoidable absence, through illness, of Mr. SPEAKER from this days sitting.

Whereupon Mr. BERNARD WEATHERILL, The CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS, proceeded to the Table and, after Prayers, took the Chair, as DEPUTY SPEAKER, pursuant to the Standing Order.