HC Deb 18 January 1991 vol 183 c1093
Mr. Bob Cryer (Bradford, South)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, have you had any intimation that a statement may be made today at 11 o'clock on developments in the Gulf? Is that information available at the moment?

Mr. Speaker

I think that I can help. I understand that a statement is likely to be made at 11 o'clock by the Foreign Secretary.

Mr. Harry Barnes (Derbyshire, North-East)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. An eminently sensible suggestion was made yesterday by my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon)—that the House should sit for two hours on Saturday and two hours on Sunday because of the crisis. Given recent developments, it is obvious that that would be of benefit. I hope that that will be taken account of in the statement at 11 o'clock, so that the House may continue to monitor the position.

Mr. Speaker

That is not a matter for me, but I notice that the deputy Chief Whip is on the Front Bench. I am sure that he will have heard what has been said.

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