Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden): On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You have frequently criticised Ministers who have made statements outside the House before the House has been informed. You will be aware that, over the weekend, there were leaks in all the papers about the changes to human rights legislation and about the introduction of internment without trial. However, even now, after that leak to the press, there is to be no announcement to the House. Could you unequivocally condemn that, Mr. Speaker, and ensure that it never happens again and that statements are made to the House, not just to the newspapers?

    Mr. Speaker: A debate will be held next Monday and the right hon. Gentleman can make those points then.

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