HC Deb 28 March 2001 vol 365 c963 3.31 pm
Mr. Bernard Jenkin (North Essex)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. After four wasted years on the London underground, London commuters are preparing for the misery of yet another strike. At the same time, the Government's policy of co-operating with Transport for London and Mr. Kiley has totally collapsed. Where is the Deputy Prime Minister? Should he not be here to make a statement on the chaos of his policy, instead of running away from a proper debate on the subject?

Mr. Speaker

That is not a point of order.

Mr. Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Have you had an intimation of a further statement from the Minister of Agriculture concerning the report in The Scotsman today, which suggests that vaccination is now an option for the Government as a result of a report from Dr. Keith Sumption? Does the Minister want to tell the House whether the report has been influential and, in particular, will he respond to the allegation in The Scotsman that the timing of the general election is impinging on the Government's policy to eradicate foot and mouth?

Mr. Speaker

That is not a matter for the Chair.