HC Deb 02 May 1995 vol 259 c174

Mr. Andrew Miller accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the forensic testing of those alleged to be involved in causing death as a result of road traffic incidents: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time upon Friday 14 July, and to be printed. [Bill 112.]

Mr. Barry Porter (Wirral, South)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. It is fairly widely known that, on Thursday of this week, arrangements have been made for Mr. Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein to launch in the House of Commons a book that he has apparently written. I do not know what the rules are or what guidance is given on such matters, but presumably an hon. Member has sponsored a room for Mr. Adams, who wishes the part of the United Kingdom that he inhabits to be removed from the jurisdiction of the House of Commons.

Is there any guidance to be given? Are there any relevant rules? Perhaps you could suggest to the hon. Member who has done this that it might have been ill-advised.

Madam Speaker

Accommodation in the House of Commons may not be used for commercial purposes. [Interruption.] Order. This is a very important point of order, and a genuine one too, I may say.

As I was saying, the accommodation in the House of Commons may not be used for commercial purposes such as launching books, especially those written by persons who are not Members of the House. The hon. Member who booked the Jubilee Room for that purpose will have to make alternative arrangements elsewhere.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Order [19 December]: That this House, at its rising on Friday 5th May, do adjourn till Tuesday 9th May.—[Mr. Kirkhope.] Question agreed to.