HC Deb 13 February 1934 vol 285 c1759
45. Mr. LEWIS

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the advisability of making the necessary arrangements to set up an impartial committee of this House to consider all matters relating to time-table Motions in future?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on the 29th January last in reply to a question on this subject by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Gains-borough (Captain Crookshank).


Does the Prime Minister appreciate that one of the principal causes of irritation in the working of these time-table Motions is the feeling by the Opposition of the day that the details are drawn up by the Government and not by any impartial or representative committee; and does he not appreciate that if a committee such as is suggested in the question could find some way of getting over the difficulty it would very much facilitate the working of these time-table Motions in future?


I fully recognise the problem which my hon. Friend has stated, but I doubt whether the suggestion he makes for dealing with it, at any rate in the first instance, is a practicable one. It is under consideration.

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