HC Deb 31 January 1934 vol 285 c367

May I ask the Leader of the House if he has yet made representations to the Prime Minister on the point that I raised yesterday, namely, the question of the allocation of time in connection with the Unemployment Bill? Is he aware that certain very important items have not yet been discussed in Committee, and will the Government reconsider the whole question of the allocation of time on this Bill?


While sympathising with the desire of the hon. Member for a more definite answer than I was able to give yesterday, I must say that the time has not arrived when I can give a more definite answer. It is perfectly obvious that my statement of yesterday holds good. Anyone responsible for the business of the House must watch the conduct of this Bill in the Committee stage, and we must use our judgment in allocating time later on. It is obvious that if a position arises in which the Government think that it is only fair to the House that more time must be given, then we shall consider the question with a sympathetic mind. After the second day of the Committee stage, as on the first, it is impossible to give an answer to that question yet.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, owing to the fact that the Government put down a very important Amendment, the Amendments of private Members in the first stage of the Guillotine yesterday were not discussed at all?


It is my duty to know what goes on. Unfortunately, yesterday I was very much engaged in Committee but I am well aware of what took place, and such considerations must have effect when we have to decide what to recommend to the House.