§ Mr. Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst)
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Is it too early to ask whether you have received any indication from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland that he may seek to make a statement to the House about possible momentous developments as a result of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 which received Royal Assent just last night? The matter has been mentioned on the radio this morning, and I expected that if there were to be any developments, the Secretary of State might wish to make a statement.
§ Madam Speaker
At this time, I have not heard from the Secretary of State. It is usual for a Secretary of State who wishes to make a statement to the House to inform me of the fact between 9.30 am and 10 am. There is, therefore, still a little time, but I have had no indication of any statement at this stage.