HC Deb 03 July 1989 vol 156 c21 3.33 pm
Sir John Stokes (Halesowen and Stourbridge)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Was it in order for the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) to imply in a recent question that there was corruption in the appointment of judges? Far from being funny, were his remarks not entirely out of order?

Mr. Speaker

I do not recollect that anything that the hon. Gentleman said in my presence was out of order.

Mr. Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)

I would like to place it on the record that I did not pay the hon. Gentleman to say that.

Mr. Speaker

I have protected the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner). He does not need to do anything else.

Mr. David Madel (Bedfordshire, South-West)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should like to seek your guidance. On Wednesday we face another hugely disruptive strike on the railways, with both sides being as far apart as ever and no sign of any move towards a new arbitration system. Have you had any indication from the Government, Mr. Speaker, about when they might share their thinking with us as to how British Rail can be helped to get out of this terrible mess which is having a bad effect on industry, on my constituents and on the constituents of Croydon?

Mr. Speaker

I have had no such notification. The Leader of the I louse is on the Treasury Bench, and I am sure that he will have heard what the hon. Member has said.