HC Deb 21 May 1980 vol 985 cc503-4
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Leader of the House of Commons Norman St. John-Stevas)

With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a short business statement.

The Upholstered Furniture (Safety) Regulations, originally announced for consideration on Tuesday, will now be taken at the end on Thursday.

Mr. Dalyell

When does the right hon. Gentleman hope to make a statement on——

Mr. Speaker

Order. Business questions must relate to the statement that was made, which concerns upholstered furniture—I believe.

Mr. Winnick

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Bearing in mind the date of the recess, when shall we be told when the Government intend to apply sanctions against Iran and have an opportunity for debate?

Mr. Speaker

That is not a point of order for me.

Mr. Farr

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it possible to put a question to the Leader of the House on his short business statement?

Mr. Speaker

Yes, on upholstered furniture.

Mr. Farr

Will the business be limited to one and half hours, or, in view of the intense public interest, will the time be extended?

Mr. St. John-Stevas

As I indicated to the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Foot), I was sympathetic to the suggestion that we should have extra time. I suggested that the matter should be discussed through the usual channels. It has been agreed that there should be an extra half hour for the debate on upholstered furniture. I hope that that will satisfy my hon. Friend.