§ Mr. Frank Haynes (Ashfield)
I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,the security concerning arms depots in Britain".
I am sure that you, Mr. Speaker and other hon. Members are concerned about the falling down of security procedures in Britain. On a number of occasions recently Ministers have been questioned in the House about all aspects of security. In the past few hours, in the county of Nottinghamshire, people have managed to walk into an arms depot, help themselves and walk out again without being seen. These depots contain explosives, hand grenades and the like, but it seems that the security system is not what is should be, particularly in Nottinghamshire.
I suggest that you, Mr. Speaker, and the House would welcome a debate to try to deal with the problem and to improve the necessary security procedures. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to express that view.
§ Mr. Speaker
The hon. Gentleman gave me notice before 12 o'clock midday that he would seek to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that he thinks should have urgent consideration, namely,the security concerning arms depots in Britain".The House will have listened with concern to what the hon. Gentleman said. It will also be aware that it has instructed me to take into account the several factors set out in the order but to give no reasons for my decision.
I listened carefully to the hon. Gentleman, but I must rule that his submission does not fall within the provisions of the Standing Order and, therefore, I cannot submit his application to the House.