Wednesday 22 March 2017

MPs ticked off for reading papers

Two MPs have been given a ticking-off for reading newspapers in the Commons
Two MPs have been given a ticking-off for reading newspapers in the Commons

Two MPs have been given a ticking-off for reading newspapers in the Commons chamber.

Deputy Speaker Sir Alan Haselhurst interrupted debate on NHS services in London to tell Labour's Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North) and Clive Efford (Eltham): "You should not be reading papers in the chamber."

Both put the newspapers down, although Mr Efford later raised a point of order to explain his actions.

He told Sir Alan: "In response to your rebuke you just gave to me, what I was reading was something that was just pointed out to me - that the Evening Standard seems to have a report on today's debate that's in the past tense, in a newspaper that was printed before the debate took place."

But the Deputy Speaker hit back: "Order. I just say to you it is a convention of the House that people do not read books or newspapers whilst a debate is taking place. There are other places in which that can be done."

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