HC Deb 07 December 1978 vol 959 c734W
7. Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reconsider his decision to change the rules governing a site meeting in an hon. Member's constituency on those matters which in the rest of the United Kingdom are the responsibility of elected local authorities.

Mr. Carter

No change in the rules has taken place, but I take it that the hon. Member is referring to recent correspondence which I have had with several hon. Members in which I suggested that it would be helpful to observe certain guidelines in setting up site meetings. I did not lay down any inflexible rules. In particular I made it clear that I would be open to direct approaches from hon. Members who wish to seek a site meeting to discuss an urgent matter at short notice.