CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

GOVERNMENT – DIRTY TRICKS – 2 December 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: Is the Leader of the House aware of the disturbing incident in the Chamber on the night of 9 November, when my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Mr Howarth) was allegedly threatened with physical violence by a junior Government Whip? I do not think it fair to name the Whip in question, but the episode was seen by the hon. Member for St. Ives (Mr George), who I understand is willing to come forward as a witness. Will the right hon. Lady find time for the Government Chief Whip to make a statement to the House about the investigations that have been undertaken into the formal complaint submitted by my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot? Although a long time has passed since that deplorable incident, the Chief Whip has not seen fit either to acknowledge that it took place, or to reply to my hon. Friend.