HC Deb 21 May 1996 vol 278 c123

5.3 pm

Mrs. Alice Mahon (Halifax)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Will you examine carefully the reply to the last question answered by the Secretary of State for Social Security during Social Security questions? Having spent the weekend with NATO listening to the Secretary-General and Carl Bildt talking about the tragedy of Bosnia, and the great part that ethnic cleansing and racism played in that terrible civil war, I believe that you will agree that racism such as we heard in that answer today has no part in the House or in our great democracy.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael Morris)

I am sure that if Madam Speaker had heard anything that was out of order she would immediately have addressed the matter. Nevertheless, I shall ensure that the hon. Lady's point is brought to her attention.

Mr. Denis MacShane (Rotherham)


Mr. Deputy Speaker

Is it a new point of order?

Mr. MacShane

On a new point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am sure that, as one of the distinguished sportsmen in the House, you will have been outraged by today's report in the Daily Mirror about the treatment of Sir Alf Ramsey, who has not been invited to the England v. Switzerland game that will open the European championships—

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's compliment; indeed, I played tennis this morning. Leaving that aside, I do not think that football managership has anything to do with Madam Speaker.