HC Deb 10 December 1991 vol 200 c750

Ordered, That the draft European Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1991 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr. Wood.]

Question agreed to.

Mr. Harry Ewing (Falkirk, East)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am not sure what you referred to just now as "an abuse". You have not yet seen the document out of which the tell-tale hon. Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Hughes) is making a career day in and day out. Before you consider the document, may I remind you of a letter that you received from the convenor of Stirling district council? The hon. Member for Stirling (Mr. Forsyth)—I am not complaining about him, so I do not apologise for not having given him notice that I should raise the point—uses the crest of the House of Commons on his parliamentary report. He also uses the crest of the House of Commons on his advertisements for his constituency advice bureau.

I honestly do not see anything wrong with that, and I am not complaining about it. However, with respect, Mr. Speaker, I have seen your reply in which you said that using the crest of the House of Commons on such material was not an offence, so I hope that you are not referring to that aspect of the issue that the tell-tale Member has just raised with you.

Mr. Speaker

I think the hon. Gentleman is quite right. I am constantly enjoined not to give my reasons, but I did. When I said that I must look into the matter, I was referring to the franked envelope, not its contents.

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