Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle suspended action in the Commons after a bust-up over cabinet minister Michael Gove’s statement on the approval of the coal mine in Cumbria.
Mr Gove said approving the controversial coal mine was “the right thing to do” and insisted he was satisfied that it would be “net zero-compliant”.
But the Speaker then suspended a debate on the decision over the government’s failure to provide Mr Gove’s full statement to Labour’s shadow climate secretary Ed Miliband and other opposition leaders.
“There’s something missing between what I have been provided, the opposition have been provided,” said Sir Lindsay. “That is not according to the ministerial code – we don’t work like that.”
Visibly angry, he added: “The shadow secretary has not been able to read what’s been said. I am going to suspend the House of five minutes. Sorry about this – this is not the way we do good government.”
Sir Lindsay and Commons clerks argued with Mr Gove about the matter outside the chamber, The Independent understands – telling the minister that the failure to provide the statement he had read to Labour was a breach of the ministerial code.