HC Deb 20 April 1937 vol 322 cc1580-1
46. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the urgent need for the reforms embodied in the Marriage Bill and the large majority which it commands in the House, he will see that adequate Parliamentary time is provided for the completion of the remaining stages of this Measure?

The Prime Minister

As the hon. Member is no doubt aware, the Marriage Bill is third Order on Friday, and I imagine that there will be time on that day for the consideration of all three Bills. I would remind the hon. Member that Friday, 30th April, is also available for consideration of Private Members' Bills.

Mr. Thurtle

Will the Prime Minister bear in mind, in the event of his having to come to a decision on this matter, that there is a strong and widespread feeling in the country that these reforms ought to become law?

Mr. Thorne

May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will advise his people behind him to stop any manoeuvring to prevent the Bill passing on Friday?

The Prime Minister

My answer must be that hon. Members know I have refused to answer hypothetical questions for 20 years, and I am not going to begin this week.

Mr. Crowder

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there were no more than 200 Members in the House last Friday?