CRONYISM – 2 April 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the Leader of the House realise that the inadequacy of her answers to my hon. Friends the Members for Macclesfield (Mr Winterton) and for Surrey Heath (Mr Hawkins) makes it all the more necessary that, in her capacity as Chairman of the Select Committee on Modernisation, she should explain to the House next week how the Government's attitude towards whipping practices allows a three-line whip to be put on a vote, which hon. Member are not allowed to break, but which two Whips are allowed to break? How can she seriously maintain that Whips alone wanted to exercise their conscience, and that other hon. Members had the opportunity but chose not to do so?