HC Deb 05 March 1996 vol 273 cc158-9
Mr. Mike Hall (Warrington, South)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I am sorry to trouble you with this matter, but the Deputy Prime Minister visited my constituency last Friday and I received notice only yesterday that he was to do so, with an apology for the short notice given. Was that not a great discourtesy by the Deputy Prime Minister? The real problem, however, is that he was there to raise funds. I am sure that he was not raising funds on behalf of the Government, but on behalf of the Tory party. Is that not an abuse of the Standing Orders of the House?

Madam Speaker

If he was there doing anything other than parliamentary business, it has nothing to do with me.

Mr. Jacques Arnold (Gravesham)

Further to that point of order, Madam Speaker. You may be interested to know that in the past two years I have had the Leader of the Opposition and the deputy Leader of the Opposition in my wonderful constituency of Gravesham—neither of whom advised me of their visits in advance.

Madam Speaker

Others might be interested to know that many Ministers and Members visit my constituency, and they are always most welcome.

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