HC Deb 12 June 1981 vol 6 c644

As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

9.37 am
Mr. Laurie Pavitt (Brent, South)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I have your guidance on the custom of the House for hon. Members to declare interests when making a speech in the Chamber? If an hon. Member had an interest in the Zoo Licensing (No. 2) Bill, for example, it would be customary for him to declare an interest. However, sometimes the interest can relate to subsequent Bills. The 164 amendments tabled to the Bill under consideration could prevent us from reaching the Pet Animals Act 1951 (Amendment) Bill. Is it not obligatory for an hon. Member to declare an interest in a later Bill?

Mr. Speaker

That is a hypothetical question. I almost said that I would give a hypothetical reply. However, I need to think about what the hon. Member has said. If hon. Members have a financial interest, they must declare it. That is the only interest that they must declare so far as I know.

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