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Sir Peter Emery : What I would always suggest, whether on the moving of writs or otherwise, is that, if hon. Members cannot get their way they should persuade the Government to do something to support them. When the Warnock legislation comes through, I hope that that will be an opportunity to do what is wanted by a number of my hon. Friends

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : Will my hon. Friend give way?

Sir Peter Emery : No, I shall not give way to my hon. Friend. He has intervened many times.

Mr. Bennett : No, I have not.

Sir Peter Emery : My hon. Friend has made many interventions today.

Mr. Bennett Order On a point of order

Mr. Speaker : That may be a point of frustration, but I doubt whether it is a point of order.

Sir Peter Emery : My hon. Friend has not intervened during my speech, but he has intervened many times today.

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Mr. Flannery : He is a congenital intervener.

Sir Peter Emery : I must defend my hon. Friend. There is nothing congenital about him.

Mr. Speaker : Order. Carry on.

Sir Peter Emery : Nobody can take credit for today's procedures. I am sorry that the Government did not make it clear--then we would not necessarily have had to have the writ--that they would take head-on the private Members' motions which were trying to extend a benefit for a private Member in a particular case. If that had been done, I believe that none of this would have happened and we would have had a full debate on the motion. I warn the Government that, unless they take it head-on some time, we will have this recurring time and time again. That must be a nonsense in the overall concept of procedure. I and my Procedure Committee wish to defend the rights of the six Members who came at the top of the ballot to try to get their legislation through. We wish to defend the rights of those who have private Members' motions to have those motions debated and decisions taken on them. If we can achieve that from today's fiasco, something good will have come out of it. I only hope that we can do it quickly and we do not have more illustrations of nonsense in this House before we get some sense.

Mr. Leigh : I beg to move, That the Question be now put.

Mr. Banks : On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker : No, I shall not take a point of order. I shall take the closure motion. I ask the House to listen carefully to the Question. The Question is, That the Question, That the Question be not now put, be now put.

The House proceeded to a Division.

Mr. Tony Banks (seated and covered) : On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am in possession of a new writ for the constituency of Pontypridd. As it does not look as though I will have the opportunity of moving this writ, I ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether I will be able to move this writ at another time. Is the period during which I can present it to the House closed or can I come in with it some time during next week, without notice, and move it?

Mr. Speaker : I am sorry to disappoint the hon. Gentleman, but he cannot do that. That writ was issued for today.

The House having divided : Ayes 207, Noes 17.

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Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham)

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Emery, Sir Peter

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Fenner, Dame Peggy

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Greenway, Harry (Ealing N)

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