HC Deb 18 April 1983 vol 41 c32
Mr. Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry, North-West)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish to seek your guidance on a matter of parliamentary etiquette. In the early part of last week I, and I imagine other west midlands Members on both sides of the House, received a letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer saying that he was to visit the west midlands. I inquired by letter about his itinerary and received a copy of it. Coventry was not mentioned in that itinerary, nor was the Jaguar factory there. However, I regret to say that I learned on Friday that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had visited the factory and was received by members of the local newspaper, the Birmingham Post, Central Television and local radio. Does that invidious situation constitute a breach of parliamentary etiquette?

Mr. Speaker

I always like to encourage people to maintain the conventions that make our life bearable. If there has been a slip-up, I have no doubt that the Department will look into it. I think that it is desirable and in the interests of us all that we tell each other if we are going into each other's constituencies.