HC Deb 25 March 1982 vol 20 c1095
Mr. David Crouch (Canterbury)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wonder whether it has been brought to your notice that in the past few days and weeks there has been an increasing tendency in the Chamber for references to be made to hon. Members other than by their constituencies. The tendency to refer to hon. Members and their speeches by name has been growing, has been evident in the past few days and was particularly evident last night. Although it is sometimes convenient to refer to a press report written by "Mr. So-and-So" or "Mrs. So-and-So" instead of referring to the hon. Member involved by his constituency, I wonder whether you think that we should check that tendency.

Mr. Speaker

I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman. I have not heard such references when I have been in the Chair, but I shall gladly look into the matter. We must follow the traditional custom of addressing each other by our constituencies.