§ Question proposed,
§ That the Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Social Security Bill and the Statute Law (Repeals) Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with at this day's Sitting, though opposed, until any hour.—[Mr. Hawkins.]
§ Mr. Brian O'Malley (Rotherham)
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I submit that it is relevant to our decision on whether we proceed with the business covered by the motion that it was only at 7.30 this morning that the Lords Amendments to the Social Security Bill first became available.
§ Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. E. L. Mallalieu)
Order. This Question has to be put without debate. There will be an opportunity in a moment for the hon. Member to have his say.
§ Mr. O'Malley
Further to the point of order, and not in connection with the Question, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I should have thought that, if we are to consider whether we should discuss Lords amendments to the Bill referred to in the motion, it should be in order to raise these matters before the Question is put. I fully understand that the motion is not debatable, though the Chair should take a point of order which is relevant to the motion. In that case, as I was saying, it was only at 7.30—
§ Mr. Deputy Speaker
Order. I am afraid that the hon. Member is wrong. The only opportunity that he will have to raise his point of order is when the business comes to be discussed and not on this motion which I am obliged to put straight away.
§ Question put and agreed to.