HC Deb 15 April 1981 vol 3 c322
Mr. Farr

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should like to call your attention to the amount of time that is allotted to EEC questions. Today there were only seven questions relating to the EEC, for which 20 minutes were allotted, and there were about 31 questions relating to the rest of the world, for all foreign and Commonwealth affairs, for which 35 minutes were allotted. This means, once again today, that all the European Community questions have been reached but only about a third of the very important questions relating to Commonwealth and other foreign matters have been reached.

Will you look at this matter, Mr. Speaker, to see whether EEC Question Time could not be reduced to about 10 minutes, perhaps, instead of taking the disproportionately large amount of time that they are now taking?

Mr. Speaker

This is a matter for the usual channels, and not for me. I know that there is considerable difficulty. Those interested in the EEC would like to have longer. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] Order. I nearly said something—but we are on the edge of Easter.