HC Deb 20 May 1994 vol 243 c1102

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members


Second Reading deferred till Friday 17 June.

Mr. Patrick Cormack (Staffordshire, South)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I seek your guidance. The Treasure Bill was objected to by a Government Whip, yet it has the Government's support. They told me that they had arranged for a Minister to be here to give Queen's Consent. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for National Heritage has given the Bill his full support. Could you please explain the U-turn?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. The hon. Gentleman is an experienced member of the Chairmen's Panel. He will know that we cannot have a debate about that now, and it is not really a matter for the Chair.

Mr. Ray Powell (Ogmore)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I draw your attention to the fact that, as there was co-operation from the Opposition, the Firearms (Amendment) Bill went through in a matter of seconds? If the same thing had applied to the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill, it would have been a great justice to the House.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael Morris)

That is also not a matter for the Chair.