HC Deb 11 March 1987 vol 112 c299

Mr. Michael Hirst, supported by Sir Alex Fletcher, Mr. Donald Stewart, Mr. Allan Stewart, Mr. Hugh D. Brown, Mr. Albert McQuarrie, Mr. Tom Clarke, Mr. James Wallace, Sir Hector Monro, Mr. Alexander Pollock and Mr. Nicholas Fairbairn, presented a Bill to amend Part I of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time, upon Friday 3 April and to be printed [Bill 112.]

Mr. Michael Brown (Brigg and Cleethorpes)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I do not want to raise matters which have already been covered with regard to private conversations in the Tea Room. However, a point of order was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway). The point is that the Father of the House was attacked in public, in Truro, by the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey), who described the Father of the House—whom I regard with the same respect as you do, Mr. Speaker—as "an old man". Surely the right hon. Gentleman should come to the House and apologise to the Father of the House?

Mr. Speaker

I do not think that that is unparliamentary. I consider myself to be an old man.