HC Deb 24 August 1939 vol 351 cc109-10

9.29 p.m.

The Prime Minister

I beg to move: That this House, at its rising this day, do adjourn till Thursday next, provided that if it is represented to Mr. Speaker by His Majesty's Government that the public interest requires that the House should meet at any earlier time during the Adjournment, and Mr. Speaker is satisfied that the public interest does so require, he may give notice that he is so satisfied, and thereupon the House shall meet at the time stated in such notice and the Government Business to be transacted on the day on which the House shall so meet shall, subject to the publication of notice thereof in the Order Paper to be circulated on the day on which the House shall so meet, be such as the Government may appoint, but subject as aforesaid the House shall transact its business as if it had been duly adjourned to the day on which it shall so meet, and any Government Orders of the Day and Government Notices of Motions that may stand on the Order Book for Thursday next or any subsequent day shall be appointed for the day on which the House shall so meet, provided also that in the event of Mr. Speaker being unable to act owing to illness or other cause, the Chair man of Ways and Means, in his capacity as Deputy-Speaker, be authorised to act in his stead for the purposes of this Resolution. The position is this, that, obviously, it may be necessary to call the House together at very short notice and I hope. therefore, that although this notice, in form, adjourns the House until Thursday next, hon. Members will hold them selves in readiness so that at quite short notice they can be called together again. I think it is extremely likely that a call of that kind will have to be made before the date mentioned in the adjournment Motion.

Mr. Speaker

I propose to suspend the sitting of the House until the Bill which has just left the House has been returned from another place.

Sitting suspended.