HC Deb 14 February 1934 vol 285 cc1924-5

May I, on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Limehouse (Mr. Attlee), ask the Prime Minister whether he has any information to give to the House as to the order in which public business will be taken to-morrow?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

In order to meet the convenience of Members, it is proposed to alter the order in which the business will be considered to-morrow. It will now be as follows:

  • Additional Import Duties Order No. 1, 1934, which relates to oats.
  • Import Duties (Foreign Discrimination) Order, 1934.
  • Cattle (Import Regulation) Order, 1933.
  • Additional Import Duties Order No. 23, 1933.
I may say that it is hoped to conclude the discussion on the first Order, relating to oats, not later than 6.30 p.m.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is aware, that as far as the Opposition are concerned, we would have preferred that the second Order should have been taken first. In view, however, of the fact that the alteration is more convenient to Members in other parts of the House, we do not press our objection. But may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, in addition to the assurance which he has given, and for which we thank him, he can assure us that the first business will be brought to a termination at an early stage, at least about 6.30, so that we can go on to the very important Foreign Discrimination Order which is second on the list?


The House knows that I cannot assure hon. Members how long a Debate will take, but I have made the announcement that I have in the hope that the House will do its best to co-operate in the arrangement.