HC Deb 26 March 1984 vol 57 c21 3.30 pm
Mr. Robin Maxwell-Hyslop (Tiverton)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Will you be good enough to ensure that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment with responsibilities for the arts appears on the Order Paper with his correct designation? He is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and to misdescribe him in the way that appears on the Order Paper is to suggest that civil servants are now answering from the Dispatch Box. We should ensure that my hon. Friend's correct title appears on the Order Paper.

Mr. Speaker

I take note of that perceptive remark.

Sir John Biggs-Davison (Epping Forest)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I do not ask you to rule on this matter, because I have not had an opportunity of giving you notice, but I ask you to consider it. Many of us have had the experience of having parliamentary questions, or intended parliamentary questions, refused at the Table because they are based on hypothesis and not fact. I refer you, Mr. Speaker, to question No. 28 to the parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. Although I confidently expect Government policy towards the Greater London Council to be implemented by Parliament, it is a hypothetical question in that the abolition of the GLC is not a fact. It is, therefore, a hypothetical question.

Mr. Speaker

With respect to the hon. Gentleman, the question reads: in the event of abolition of the Greater London Council". I accept that that event has not yet taken place. However, it is within the knowledge of the House that the matter is certainly in prospect. I take note of what the hon. Gentleman has said.