HC Deb 12 May 1982 vol 23 c757
Mr. Leslie Spriggs (St. Helens)

May I raise a point of order with you, Mr. Speaker, with a view to obtaining your advice concerning the impossibility of BackBenchers raising matters relating to the recent McCarthy report on flexible rostering? You will appreciate that we did not reach question No. 12. May Back-Benchers expect to be able to deal with that report in relation to flexible rostering?

Mr. Speaker

With regard to questions today, Back-Benchers could have helped themselves. There were some very long questions and sometimes there were long answers. I allowed a good run of questions on financing for British Rail because there was considerable interest in the subject on both sides of the House. I can only advise the hon. Gentleman, who is well experienced and who has been here a long time, that there are various avenues open to him to raise the matter of the McCarthy report. I know that he will avail himself of one of them.

Mr. Spriggs

Had I raised the matter of the McCarthy report during Question Time I am afraid that you, Mr. Speaker, would have ruled me out of order.

Mr. Speaker

I was not suggesting that. I was suggesting the various means that are available to hon. Members without stating them—or the hon. Gentleman may think that I am making a promise to him. There are various ways in which he can raise the matter.