§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Lord President of the Council, pursuant to his answer of 29 June,Official Report, column 628, if he will make an assessment of the suitability to current conditions of the Ten o'clock rule.
§ Mr. Newton
Although I am having discussions with the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, East (Mr. Brown) about the sittings of the House, I do not envisage putting forward proposals to change Ten o'clock as the normal end to the main parliamentary day. Nor was such a change envisaged in the report of the Select Committee on Sittings of the House, though it was an aim of that report's proposals that Members should more frequently be able to leave for their constituencies after about seven o'clock on Thursdays.