HC Deb 23 June 1986 vol 100 c30
Mr. Clement Freud (Cambridgeshire, North-East)

On a different point of order, Mr. Speaker. This morning, as a result of the happenings at the Azteca stadium in Mexico last night, I sought to table an early-day motion to the effect that the House was sick as a parrot. That motion was refused by the Clerk, although he intimated that he would have accepted a motion that the House was over the moon. I am concerned that—

Mr. Speaker

Order. What is the point of order for me?

Mr. Freud

I am concerned that, as a nation, we thrive on defeat. We boast of the charge of the Light Brigade, the Somme and Dunkirk. Why is it that we cannot reflect such sentiments through the Order Paper when we do so in history?

Mr. Speaker

Order. I judge, from what the hon. Member has said, that he sought to put down a motion which the Table Office refused to accept. I shall look into the matter.