CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

BUSINESS QUESTION – PART-TIME MINISTERS – 17 July 2008

Dr Julian Lewis: Next time the Leader of the House bumps into the Secretary of State for Defence – [Interruption.] I know that he is coming in a moment. Will she ask him for a statement on how much time he has been able to spend on the two medium-sized conflicts in which our Armed Forces are currently engaged, and how much time he has been having to spend, as Secretary of State for Scotland, on the battle for the by-election in Glasgow, East?

[Mr Speaker: Order. To be even-handed, I rule that as the by-election is next week we should worry about that when it comes.]