Thursday, 3 June 2021
Questions without Notice
Before we move to a couple of things, I have a couple of very brief remarks. Obviously in the course of the last week I've enforced the standing orders vigorously. I intend to keep doing that, and the reason for that was to get an improvement in parliamentary standards. The feedback I've got and certainly my observation is that's been the case. It has certainly been quieter. That's for two reasons: those making the noise don't stay in the chamber very long and the vast majority of members have understood the need for an improvement in standards. I want to thank those members on both sides of the House who've privately made that point to me as well as people outside the House. I thought it was important to make that point as we finish up the sitting week.