HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 c27 3.50 pm
Mr. Speaker

I have a further statement to make on a matter of privilege.

I have received a complaint from the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) about an article in The Guardian of Wednesday 2 March. The article, in referring to the absence of Members from the House, made reference to a particular Member, and to Members in general, in terms which I was asked to consider could be regarded as being in contempt of the House.

I have considered this complaint, and have decided that it does raise issues which justify me in giving precedence to a motion relating to it. In consequence, if the hon. Member for Newham, North-West tables such a motion, it will be taken as first business tomorrow.