This little question made me chuckle. The subject of the question was the Constitutional Affairs Minister, Vera Baird MP.
Mr. Desmond Swayne (New Forest, West) (Con):On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Is there nothing that can be done about lawyers who are somewhat used to being paid by the hour and, as a consequence, take an inordinate amount of time to ask a question and even longer to answer one?The thing is, is it appropriate for the Speaker to be providing tutoring for Ministers on how to answer questions?
Mr. Speaker: I have been giving some tutoring to the Under-Secretary, because I know that she came from the courts to Parliament. I would not say that she took too long today; it is just that she is improving, and there could be more improvement.