HC Deb 17 November 1998 vol 319 c777 5.26 pm
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It will not have escaped your notice that the final item of business for today before the Adjournment debate is: Consideration of any Lords Messages and Amendments that may be received". In view of the fact that another place has just reaffirmed its earlier decision, have you had a request from the Leader of the House to make a brief business statement? If not, would you allow the right hon. Lady to make one?

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael Lord)

I have no information about any statement, but perhaps the Leader of the House would like to respond to that point of order.

The President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mrs. Margaret Beckett)

I was not intending to make a statement, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but it may be helpful to the House if, further to that point of order, I inform the House that it has already been agreed through the usual channels that the European Parliamentary Elections Bill will be taken as first business tomorrow. I also note the Opposition's warm welcome for a process whereby hereditary peers interfere with elections.