HC Deb 10 February 1994 vol 237 cc482-3 5.27 pm
Mr. James Couchman (Gillingham)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Would you give urgent instructions to the authorities of the House to provide monitors in the Central Lobby and in the Lower Waiting Hall? I did not arrive in the Chamber for the beginning of the statement by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health because I was snatching a few moments to collect some work from my secretary. I might as easily have been held up by a constituent. As a result of your decision not to call me, although I would not seek to question it and it seemed a shame that one person only was not called, my constituents were deprived of reassurance that they might have received from my right hon. Friend on the future of their health services.

Madam Speaker

If I may correct the hon. Member, there were two Members who did not hear the entire statement. Therefore, I could not call them. However. I know that the hon. Member is not challenging my decision on that point. The annunciator has clearly shown from about 1 o'clock onwards that the statements were to take place. The onus is on all Members to keep an eye on the annunciator and to be in their place if they are keen, as I know they are, to put questions.

I am sorry that in this case I could not call the hon. Member, but I shall certainly look his way on another occasion in the near future.

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