HC Deb 02 March 1990 vol 168 cc561-2

Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 12th March, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business), the Motion in the name of Mr. Secretary Brooke relating to Northern Ireland may be proceeded with until Seven o'clock, and at that hour, if proceedings thereon have not been previously disposed of, Mr. Speaker shall put the Question thereon. —[Mr. Nicholas Baker.]

2.32 pm
Mr. Chris Smith (Islington, South and Finsbury)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. When I moved the Access to Health Records Bill on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, North (Mr. Henderson), I believe that the hon. Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Arbuthnot) objected. Perhaps you could inquire of him whether he is aware that his Government have said that they support the Bill.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

We cannot debate the matter now.

Mr. Harry Cohen (Leyton)

; On a point of order. Mr. Deputy Speaker. I actually missed the vote—like the nuclear test veterans, I had the door slammed in my face. I was addressing a meeting on behalf of another hon. Member and I got the first train back to the House. I was ambling along from the station to the House and I was not notified that there was a Division until it was much too late. Although I ran, I had the door slammed in my face. Will you consider some sort of mechanism for a bell or similar system to operate in all the precincts of the House so that fit hon. Members, like myself, can run and cast our vote in a Division instead of missing it?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

I doubt whether the bells are defective, but I will certainly inquire into the matter.

Mr. Tony Banks (Newham, North-West)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. When I moved the Second Reading of the Protection of Badger Setts Bill I certainly did not hear anyone on the Government Treasury Bench object. I understand that this act of private enterprise against his own Government was the effort of the hon. Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Arbuthnot). I wanted to ensure that I did not get the name wrong because I do not want the mail to go to the wrong person subsequently.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

The Bill was objected to and we carried out the normal procedures.

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