HC Deb 17 February 1997 vol 290 c621 3.30 pm
Mr. Peter Thurnham (Bolton, North-East)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Should not the Secretary of State for Health be here to make a statement about adoption? He has been on the radio announcing his plans to change the rules. Should he not tell us directly and allow us to question him, not least on why he is axing the overseas adoption helpline?

Madam Speaker

I have not been informed that the Secretary of State for Health or any Minister intends to make a statement today.