POINT OF ORDER – PRESS BEFORE PARLIAMENT – 11 December 2006
Dr Julian Lewis: Further to the point of order raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mark Harper), Mr Speaker. I tabled a question for named-day answer, to which – on the basis of the latest search – I do not think that I have received a reply, asking how many people had been murdered by people who had been released halfway through their prison sentences during the period in which they would otherwise have been in prison. As I have said, I do not think that I have received an answer to the question; yet a great deal of information has – no doubt coincidentally – been released to the press on that very topic. I am beginning to wonder what is going on.
[Mr Speaker: If the hon. Gentleman waits for the reply, we will see whether it ties in with the press statements. Then I can look into the matter.]