POINT OF ORDER – MOBILE PHONES – 27 November 2002

Dr Julian Lewis: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Did you notice, during the vote, a senior Cabinet Minister [Scottish Secretary, Helen Liddell] walking the length of the Chamber, presumably on her way to vote, clutching a mobile phone to her ear? Is that appropriate behaviour from any hon. Member, let alone a senior Cabinet Minister?

[Mr Speaker: … No hon. Member should come into the Chamber with their mobile phone. All mobile phones should be switched off before they come into the Chamber and no one should be in conversation on a mobile phone. I certainly hope that note is taken of the hon. Gentleman's complaint.]