HC Deb 24 January 1994 vol 236 cc122-3 10.13 pm
Mr. Simon Hughes (Southwark and Bermondsey)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. In view of the number of comments in the House today following the death of Brian Redhead yesterday, would it be possible for you to give some thought to finding a way for the House to express its views about people who, in a way, become honorary Members although they are not honourable Members? I think that there are people out there who are, as it were, additions to the House of Parliament. I would ask you to give us some advice and perhaps to say something on our behalf that records how much we value those people outside the place who have served the political process as well as, if not better than, we do.

Madam Speaker

Of course, as the hon. Gentleman knows, it is not a point of order, but there is no one anywhere who had greater respect for Mr. Brian Redhead's professionalism than I have. I felt all day very sad about it. I made a resolution that when there is a memorial service I shall certainly attend it as Speaker. Quite apart from his professionalism, Mr. Redhead was a lovely man. I felt that he was a human being with sunshine in his voice.