§ That the Order [12th January], That the draft Criminal Justice Act 1991 (Contracted Out Prisons) (No. 2) Order 1992 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c., be discharged.—[Mr. Robert G. Hughes.]
§ Mr. Mullin
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I asked you a moment ago whether, by chance—I do not make the allegation—the hon. Member who objected to my Secret Societies (Declaration) Bill had an interest. You said that whether the hon. Member concerned had to declare any such interest was not a matter for the Chair. Can you advise me for whom it would be a matter?
§ Mr. Cryer
Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. One answer would be for my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) to write to the Chairman of the Procedure Committee. It would help considerably, however, if the occupant of the Chair drew the Committee's attention to a point about which many hon. Members feel very strongly—the ability to object to Bills without declaring an interest.
§ Mr. Jeremy Corbyn (Islington, North)
Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. There is a problem with my hon. Friend's suggestion, excellent though it is. At the moment, objections to Bills are made anonymously on Friday afternoons, so it would be impossible to require a declaration of interest.
§ Mr. Corbyn
Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I shall indeed refer this matter to the Procedure Committee.