HC Deb 23 November 1938 vol 341 cc1761-2
Mr. H. G. Williams

On a point of Order. May I draw attention to the fact that Wednesday is the only day on which questions addressed to the Minister of Transport have any priority? There are 17 of those questions down for to-day, but on account of the amount of time occupied by questions on foreign affairs, which also have priority in the second place on Monday, Transport and other important questions have been squeezed out to-day. Will you, Mr. Speaker, consider rearranging the priority of foreign affairs questions on one of the two days on which they enjoy priority?

Mr. Perkins

May I also draw attention to the fact that Air questions on Wednesdays very often are not reached, and that to-day one Air question was not reached? Would it not be for the convenience of the House that we should consider altering the arrangement of the questions addressed to the first four Departments on Wednesdays, as is now done with regard to the first five Departments on Tuesdays?

Mr. Speaker

The responsibility for the arrangement of the order of questions does not primarily rest with me. It is an arrangement between the two sides of the House, for the convenience of hon. Members, to have particular days allocated for the asking of different questions.