§ Mr. LANSBURY
May I ask the Prime Minister whether he can make a statement as to the course of business to-day, and whether he intends to move the Motion suspending the 11 o'clock Rule?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
We wish to obtain the first two Orders on the Order Paper—the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill, the Lords Amendments to the National Health Insurance Bill—and the Motion relating to Unemployment Insurance (Seasonal Workers) Order. The Debate on agriculture will take place on the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill, and I understand on inquiry that the Lords Amendments to the National Health Insurance Bill are all of a drafting nature. So far as the Unemployment Insurance (Seasonal Workers) Order is 2667 concerned, this could not be entered upon except at a late hour last night, and my right hon. Friend the Patronage Secretary made an arrangement to postpone it until to-day. I think there is a general agreement to bring the discussion on the Appropriation Bill to an end not later than 9 o'clock, and then take the Lords Amendments to the National Health Insurance Bill, which should not occupy any appreciable time, and after that to take the Unemployment Insurance (Seasonal Workers) Order. In view of this arrangement, it is unnecessary for me to move the suspension of the 11 o'clock rule.
§ Mr. THORNE
May I ask the Home Secretary whether he thinks there is any possibility of the Employment of Women and Young Persons Bill being passed during the present Session?
§ Sir J. SIMON
The Bill is being merely introduced to-day. It will be a matter for consideration later.