HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 c749
Mr. Norman Buchan (Paisley, South)

On a different point of order, Mr. Speaker. At Question Time today a question was asked of the Prime Minister about Gibraltar. It may or may not have been what is commonly known as a plant. Whether or not it was, it had all the appearance of one. More important is the fact that a carefully prepared lengthy statement was read by the Prime Minister in reply to that question. We recognise that inevitably the right hon. Lady must carry voluminous notes with her. On this occasion, however, she read that statement from beginning to end in what was precious Back Benchers' time. Was that not an abuse of the House?

Mr. Speaker

Order. I must say, in fairness to the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Fox), whose question it was, that, although I have heard of the planted question theory, I know nothing about it.