HC Deb 25 February 2004 vol 418 cc292-3

1.2 pm

Mr. Mark Hoban (Fareham) (Con)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Have you received a request from the Prime Minister to come to the House to clarify the fact that the guidance on random drug testing, to which he referred in Prime Minister's Question Time, was issued on 16 February, contrary to the impression that he gave? I am sure, Mr. Speaker, that he would like to come to the House he ensure thatHansard is corrected, and so that neither the House nor the public are inadvertently misled by his comments.

Mr. Speaker

I am sure that the Prime Minister will be back next Wednesday, and someone can put that question to him then

Mr. Oliver Heald (North-East Hertfordshire) (Con)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it not the case that if a Minister, even inadvertently, says something to the House that is incorrect, he should correct it? In those circumstances, is it not incumbent on the Prime Minister either to amend the record inHansard or come to the House and tell us that he got it wrong?

Mr. Speaker

I was trying to say in response to the first point of order that am not going to be drawn into these matters.