For immediate release: Wednesday 27 April 2016
ALEX SALMOND CALLS FOR PRIME MINISTERIAL CORRECTION PROCEDURE
MP FOR GORDON DEMANDS THE PM TO CORRECT MISLEADING STATEMENT ON FORTH CROSSING
Alex Salmond MP has today called on the Speaker of the House of Commons to implement a 'Prime Ministerial Correction Procedure'.
The call comes after Prime Minister David Cameron mislead MPs into believing that no Scottish company was involved in the building of the new Forth Crossing.
Mr Salmond raised a point of order afterwards to correct the Prime Minister, reminding him that 45 per cent of the total orders of £540 million were placed by Scottish companies – including the steel used in the girders at either end of the bridge which was produced at Dalzell plate mill.
Mr Salmond went on to suggest that the Speaker should introduce a correction procedure, where the Prime Minister can return to the Chamber after to correct all his mistakes made during Prime Minister’s Question Time.
Speaking in the House of Commons Chamber today, Mr Salmond said:
“Would it be possible for us to develop in our procedure an opportunity for the Prime Minister to rapidly correct any misleading impressions he inadvertently gives in Prime Minister’s Question Time.
“For example: I know that the Prime Minister would be incredibly anxious today, in his general attack on the procurement policies of the Scottish Government with regard to the Forth Crossing, to acknowledge that in reality, 45 per cent of the total orders of £540 million were placed with Scottish companies.
“I know that the Prime Minister would want to correct the misleading impression that there was no Scottish steel in the contract by acknowledging that steel from the Dalzell plate mill was in the girders at either end of the bridge.
“And I fully understand, the Prime Minister would want to acknowledge the reason that there was no Scottish bidder for the main steel sub-contract, was the closure of the Ravenscraig Steel Mill by a previous Tory government in the 1990s, removing our capacity to supply such steel.
“Now, I know, Mr Speaker that providing such an opportunity would swallow up the entire time of this House, given the many mistakes that this Prime Minister makes. But given the clarity of this particular example perhaps you could consider my new innovative Prime Ministerial Correction Procedure.”