HC Deb 30 March 1995 vol 257 c1198 4.22 pm
Mr. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cirencester and Tewkesbury)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. You will recall that yesterday the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett) made a statement and that when you subsequently examined Hansard you made a ruling that he should withdraw that statement. In the "Yesterday in Parliament" programme this morning, the BBC broadcast his statement. Although it said that he subsequently apologised, it did not broadcast your ruling or the retraction. Will you consider contacting the BBC to say that if it is to broadcast the proceedings of the House it should make an accurate and unbiased broadcast and that it should have broadcast also your ruling and the subsequent retraction?

Madam Speaker

I normally hear the radio in the morning, but this morning I was busy on other things. I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman has brought it to my attention. May I see what I can do about that matter? If I have given a ruling on such an issue, it ought to be properly reported by whatever media are interested in making such a report. Thank you.