HC Deb 03 February 1994 vol 236 cc1041-2 4.10 pm
Mr. Tony Banks (Newham, North-West)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Are you aware that from the Terrace—and indeed, so far as I can tell, from the Speaker's Apartments—it is possible to look across the river and see the Japanese flag flying over county hall? Personally, I find that offensive, and I suspect that many other Londoners do, too. Are there not regulations and restrictions prohibiting the flying of a foreign flag from a building other than an embassy which is the property of the country concerned?

Madam Speaker

That is hardly a point of order for me, but if what the hon. Gentleman says is true, I am interested to hear that he has seen that flag from the Terrace of the House of Commons. I must say that I have been rather too busy to notice it from my apartment.

Mr. Peter Luff (Worcester)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I should be grateful for your guidance in telling me whether it is in order for the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) to continue his vicious and spiteful vendetta against another Member of the House on the basis of inaccurate information, under the cloak of parliamentary privilege?

Madam Speaker

Had the comments made by the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) been out of order, I would of course have intervened. However, I caution all Members that we should have courteous language here, so that we can conduct our debates in good order and with respect for one another.

Mr. D. N. Campbell-Savours (Workington)

Further to that point of order, Madam Speaker. Will you confirm that the matters that I have raised are matters of public policy?

Madam Speaker

I think that, when the hon. Gentleman raised the matter the day before yesterday, he was somewhat out of order, and I refer him to the remarks that I have just made. I am sure that there will be other opportunities for him to put his case in a proper manner.