HC Deb 27 March 2000 vol 347 cc186-7

Mr. Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time tomorrow, and to be printed [Bill 97].

11.55 pm
Mr. St. Aubyn

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Tonight, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury portrayed Mr. Peter Wyman as a personal tax adviser to a former Member, Mr. Neil Hamilton. Given that all that Mr. Wyman ever did was to give public, unpaid service to a Government deregulation task force when Mr. Hamilton was a Minister, has the Chief Secretary approached the Chair to correct a pernicious insinuation against a leading accountant in this country?

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael Lord)

That is not a point of order for the Chair.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is a separate point of order. Was it in order tonight for the Chief Secretary to traduce Mr. Peter Wyman's evidence to the Treasury last Friday?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

That matter was dealt with in an earlier debate. It is not a matter for the Chair now.

Mr. St. Aubyn

Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

No. It is not a matter for the Chair now.