HC Deb 21 December 1938 vol 342 cc2892-3
Mr. Attlee

May I ask the Prime Minister to state the Business of the House for the week the House re-assembles after the Christmas Recess?

The Prime Minister

The Business will be:

Tuesday, 31st January.—Second Reading of the Bacon Industry (Amendment) Bill; Committee stage of the Cancer Bill.

Wednesday, 1st February.—Private Members' Motions will be considered.

Thursday, 2nd February.—Second Reading of the Census of Production Bill [Lords]; Committee stage of the Export Guarantees Bill; Motion for the appointment of Additional Judges. After this Business has been disposed of, I hope that there will be an opportunity for consideration of the Motion standing on the Paper in the name of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for East Lewisham (Sir A. Pownall) which relates to Members' Pensions.

Friday, 3rd February.—Private Members' Bills will be considered.

On any day, if there is time, other Orders may be taken.

Mr. Attlee

Can the Prime Minister say whether the House, on re-assembly, will have an early opportunity of considering the very important outline of policy just given by the Lord Privy Seal and the very large operations which it implies?

The Prime Minister

Generally speaking, I think I can give that assurance, but no doubt the matter will be discussed through the usual channels.

Mr. Benn

Can the Prime Minister say when it is proposed to bring forward some legislation concerning the Czechoslovak loan; and will he bear in mind that it will then be four months during which public money has been dispensed without any authority from this House, and that there is a growing anxiety as to the purposes for which this money is being dispensed?

The Prime Minister

I do not wish to enter into an argument about it, but we should hope to introduce that legislation very shortly after we meet.