Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the Order [11th July] that the Bill be committed to a Standing Committee be read and discharged."—[Captain Margesson.]
§ Sir S. CRIPPS
I understand that this is really a blunder, and I do not think the House ought to be asked to pass something of this sort without an explanation. I understand we are being asked to discharge an Order made as recently as last night and apparently during the night the Government have changed their mind. We ought to have some information.
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Captain Margesson)
Nobody could be more willing than I am to take part in this little jest. Quite frankly, it is not a blunder, but a small tiny slip. We did not change our minds during the night, but at the last minute before the House rose. That is why it is on the Paper.
§ Bill committed to a Committee of the Whole House for To-morrow."—[Captain Margesson.]