HC Deb 31 March 1981 vol 2 c167

Not amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

Mr. W. Benyon (Buckingham)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. New clause 1 has not been selected. I accept that, but I seek your guidance. I presume that the reason why it has not been selected is that these matters normally fall under Orders in Council under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975, but how can an hon. Member discuss such an important matter if he cannot do it on a Bill of this nature? Additionally, I am advised that it is possible for a clause similar to this to be moved in another place, to be voted on and, if necessary, to be passed. When it comes to the House we shall be faced with considering it, but we shall not be able to move it.

Mr. Speaker

Order. I have listened with care to the hon. Gentleman's point of order. As he will know, I do not give reasons for my selection. There is a good reason why I do not, namely, that it would lead to endless points of order. I listened with sympathy to the hon. Gentleman, but I am afraid that I cannot alter the selection that I have already made.

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