HC Deb 06 July 1939 vol 349 cc1496-501
Mr. Greenwood

May I ask the Prime Minister for what purpose it is intended to suspend the Eleven 0'Clock Rule to-day and whether he will state the business that it is proposed to take next week?

The Prime Ministers

We hope to obtain to-day the Report stage and Third Reading of the Cotton Industry (Re-organisation) Bill. It is proposed to suspend the Eleven o'Clock Rule for that purpose. The business for next week is as follows:

Monday—Second Reading of the British Overseas Airways Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution; consideration of the Amendments to the Civil Defence Bill, and to the Ministry of Supply Bill, which are expected to be received from another place.

Tuesday and Wednesday—Until Half -past Seven, Report stage of the Finance Bill; after Half-past Seven on Wednesday, Committee stage of the Milk Industry (No. 2) Bill.

Thursday—Third Reading of the Finance Bill until Half-past Seven; Second Reading of the House of Commons Members' Fund Bill; conclusion of the Committee stage of the Milk Industry (No. 2) Bill, if not already concluded.

The Business for Friday will be announced later.

If there is time, on any day, progress will be made with other Business, including the remaining stages of the Air Ministry (Heston and Kenley Aerodromes Extension) Bill and Lords Amendments to the Wheat (Amendment) Bill.

Mr. Greenwood

As the House has not been informed of the extent or the importance of the Amendments which are to come from another place, may I take it that there is no intention of running the House very late on, say, the Lords Amendments to the Ministry of Supply Bill if the Amendments to the Civil Defence Bill take a reasonable amount of time, as they well may?

The Prime Minister

The Amendments from another place will be here to-night and will be in Members' hands tomorrow. I cannot give any complete undertaking as to what will happen. We hope to make good progress.

Mr. Greenwood

I do not know how long hon. Members will wish to debate the British Overseas Airways Bill, but if the Amendments to the Civil Defence Bill are to be properly considered it may well be that there will be no opportunity at a reasonable time for discussing the Amendments from another place.

The Prime Minister

I quite appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's point. I do not think I am in a position to give a definite pledge, but I will do my best to see that the House is not driven too hard.

Mr. Benn

Did not a Government spokesman in another place say, in response to pressure, that it might be necessary to make substantial Amendments in the Ministry of Supply Bill? That is what we have in mind.

Mr. Foot

In view of the fact that the question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to-day has not been reached with regard to the terms of the Bill to deal with distressed areas which are not scheduled as Special Areas, may I ask whether we are expected to pass that Bill into law before the Recess or during the remainder of the present Session?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member will have to give me notice of that question.

Mr. Maxton

As there are still nine or 10 Supply days outstanding, may I take it that we are not going to lose any one of those Supply days? There is none on the programme for the coming week.

Mr. Foot

May I point out to the Prime Minister that earlier in the afternoon I

asked a question on the subject of the proposed Bill to deal with distressed areas, and was told to await the reply which would be given to Question No. 84? As some Minister on the Front Bench must be in possession of that reply, could he not be allowed to state it to the House?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member will see the reply in the ordinary course. I propose later to make a statement about future business.

Mr. Ammon

Will the right hon. Gentleman be able to arrange for time to be given for the London Government Bill?

Mr. Benjamin Smith

May I ask whether it is expected that the Shipping Subsidy Bill will be brought in before the Adjournment?

The Prime Minister

I could not answer that question without notice.

Mr. Mander

Can the Prime Minister say when the Official Secrets Bill is to be taken? Is it proposed to take it before the Adjournment or not?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member had better await the statement which I propose to make on future business.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on Govenment Business be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[The Prime Minister.]

The House divided: Ayes, 236; Noes, 113.

Division No. 220.] AYES. [3.54 p.m.
Acland-Troyte, Lt.-Col. G. J. Burton, Col. H. W. Crooko, Sir J. Smedley
Adams, S. V. T. (Leeds, W.) Campbell, Sir E. T. Cross, R. H.
Aflen, Col. J. Sandeman (B'knhead) Cary, R. A. Crossley, A. C.
Amery, Rt. Hon. L. C. M. S. Castlereagh, Viscount Crowder, J. F. E.
Anderson, Rt. Hn. Sir J. (Sc'h Univ's) Cayzer, Sir C. W. (City of Chester) Cruddas, Col. B.
Anstruther-Gray, W. J. Cazalet, Capt. V. A. (Chippenham) Davidson, Viscountess
Aske, Sir R. W. Chamberlain, Rt. Hn. N.(Edgb't'n) Davison, Sir W. H.
Astor, Major Hon. J. J. (Dover) Channon, H. De la Bère, R.
Astor, Viscountess (Plymouth, Sutton) Chapman, A. (Rutherglen) Denville, Alfred
Balniel, Lord Chapman, Sir S. (Edinburgh, S.) Despencer-Robertson, Major J. A. F.
Beauchamp, Sir B. C. Chorlton, A. E. L. Dodd, J. S.
Beaumont, Hon. R. E. B. (Portsm'h) Christie, J. A. Donner, P. W.
Bennett, Sir E. N. Clarke, Colonel R. S. (E. Grinstead) Drewe, C.
Bernays, R. H. Clarry, Sir Reginald Duncan, J. A. L.
Blair, Sir R. Clydesdale, Marquess of Dunglass, Lord
Bossom, A. C. Cobb, Captain E. C. (Preston) Eckersley P. T.
Boyce, H. Leslia Colman, N. C. D. Edmondson, Major Sir J.
Bracken, B. Colville, Rt. Hon. John Elliot, Rt. Hon. W. E.
Brocklebank, Sir Edmund Cook, Sir T. R. A. M. (Norfolk, N.) Emery, J. F.
Brooke, H. (Lewisham, W.) Cooke, J. D. (Hammersmith, S.) Emmott, C. E. G. C.
Brown, Rt. Hon. E. (Leith) Cooper, Rt. Hn. A. Duff (W"st'r S. G'gs) Emrys-Evans, P. V.
Brown, Brig.-Gen. H. C. (Newbury) Cooper, Rt. Hon. T. M. (E'burgh, W.) Entwistle, Sir C. F.
Browne, A. C. (Belfast, W.) Courthope, Col. Rt. Hon. Sir G. L. Errington, E.
Bull, B. B. Cox, H. B. Trevor Erskine-Hill, A. G.
Burgin, Rt. Hon. E. L. Croft, Brig.-Gen. Sir H. Page Evans, Colonel A. (Cardiff, S.)
Evans, D. O. (Cardigan) Lennox-Boyd, A. T. L Ruggles-Brise, Colonel Sir E. A.
Evans, E. (Univ. of Wales) Levy, T. Russell, S. H. M. (Darwen)
Everard, Sir William Lindsay Lipson, D. L. Salmon, Sir. I.
Fildes, Sir H. Little, J. Salter, Sir J. Arthur (Oxford U.)
Findlay, Sir E. Loftut, P. C. Sanderson, Sir F. B.
Fleming, E. L. Mabane, W. (Huddersfield) Sandys, E. D.
Foot, D. M. MacAndrew, Colonel Sir C. G. Scott, Lord William
Fremantle, Sir F E. M'Connell, Sir J. Shaw, Captain W. T. (Fortar)
Furness, S. N. McEwen, Capt. J. H. F. Simon, Rt. Hon. Sir J. A.
George, Major G. Lloyd (Pembroke) McKie, J. H. Smith, Bracewell (Dulwich)
George, Megan Lloyd (Anglesey) Maclay, Hon. J. P. Smith, Sir R. W. (Aberdeen)
Gluckstein, L. H. Macmillan, H. (Stockton-on-Tees) Smithers, Sir W.
Glyn, Major Sir R. G. C. Maitland, Sir Adam Snadden, W. McN.
Gower, Sir R. V. Makins, Brigadier-General Sir Ernest Southby, Commander Sir A. R. J.
Graham, Captain A. C. (Wirral) Mander, G. le M. Spens, W. P.
Grant-Ferris, Flight-Lieutenant R. Manningham-Buller, Sir M. Stanley, Rt. Hon. Oliver (W'm'ld)
Granville, E. L. Margesson, Capt. Rt. Hon. H. D. R. Stewart, J. Henderson (Fife, E.)
Grattan-Doyle, Sir N. Marsden, Commander A. Strickland, Captain W. F.
Gridley, Sir A. B. Maxwell, Hon. S. A. Stuart, Lord C. Crichton- (N'thw'h)
Grigg, Sir E. W. M. Mellor, Sir R. J. (Mitcham) Stuart, Rt. Hon. J. (Moray and Nairn)
Grimston, R. V. Mellor, Sir J. S.P. (Tamworth) Sueter, Rear-Admiral Sir M. F.
Gritten, W. G. Howard Mellor Sir F. (Leyton, E.) Sutcliffe, H.
Guinness, T. L. E. B. Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham) Taylor, C. S. (Eastbourne)
Gunston, Capt. Sir D. W. Morgan, R. H. (Worcester, Stourbridge) Taylor, Vice-Adm. E. A. (Padd., S.)
Hacking;, Rt. Hon. Sir D. H. Morris-Jones, Sir Henry Thomas, J. P. L.
Hammersley, S. S. Morrison, G. A. (Scottish Univ's.) Thorneycroft, G. E. P.
Hannah, I. C. Morrison, Rt. Hon. W. S. (Cirenester) Thornton-Kemsley, C. N.
Hannon, Sir P. J. H. Munro, P. Touche, G. C.
Harris, Sir P. A. Neven-Spence, Major B. H. H. Train, Sir J.
Harvey, T. E. (Eng. Univ's.) Nicholson, G. (Farnham) Tree, A. R. L. F.
Haslam, Sir J. (Bolton) Nicolson, Hon. H. G. Tufnell, Lieut.-Commander R. L.
Heilgers, Captain F. F. A. O'Connor Sir Terence J. Turton, R. H.
Hely-Hutchinson, M. R. Orr-Ewing, I. L. Wallace, Capt. Rt. Hon. Euan
Hepburn, P. G. T. Buchan- Peake, O. Ward, Lieut-Col. Sir A. L. (Hull)
Higgs, W. F. Peat, C. U. Warrender, Sir V.
Hoare, Rt. Hon. Sir S. Petherick, M. Watt, Lt.-Col. G. S. Harvie
Holdsworth, H. Pickthorn, K. W. M Wayland, Sir W. A.
Holmes, J. S. Pilkington, R. Webbe, Sir W. Harold
Hopkinson, A. Plugge, Capt. L. F. Wedderburn, H. J. S.
Horsbrugh, Florence Ponsonby, Col. C. E. Wells, Sir Sydney
Hudson, Rt. Hon. R. S. (Southport) Porritt, R. W. White, H. Graham
Hume, Sir G. H. Procter, Major H. A. Whiteley, Major J. P. (Buckingham)
Hunloke, H. P. Raikes, H. V. A. M. Williams, Sir H. G. (Croydon, S.)
Hunter, T. Ramsbotham, Rt. Hon. H. Willoughby de Eresby, Lord
Jarvis, Sir J. J. Rankin, Sir R. Wilson, Lt.-Col. Sir A. T. (Hitchin)
Jennings, R. Reed, A. C. (Exeter) Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel G.
Jones, Sir G. W. H. (S'k N'w'gt'n) Reed, Sir H. S. (Aylesbury) Winterton, Rt. Hon. Earl
Keeling, E. H. Rickards, G. W. (Skipton) Womersley, Sir W. J.
Kerr, Colonel C. I. (Montrose) Roberts, W. (Cumberland N.) Wood, Hon. C. I. C.
Kerr, Sir John Graham (Sco'sh Univs.) Ropner, Colonel L. Wright, Wing-Commander J. A. O.
Keyes, Admiral of the Fleet Sir R. Rosbotham, Sir T. York, C.
Knox, Major-General Sir A. W. F. Ross, Major Sir R. D. (Londonderry)
Lancaster, Lieut.-Colonel C. G. Rothschild, J. A. de TELLERS FOR THE AYES.
Law, R. K. (Hull, S.W.) Rowlands, G. Captain Waterhouse and Captain Dugdale.
Leighton, Major B. E. P. Royds, Admiral Sir P. M. R.
Adams, D. M. (Poplar. S.) Dobbie, W Johnston, Rt. Hon. T.
Adamson, Jennie L. (Dartford) Dunn, E. (Rother Valley) Jones, A. C. (Shipley)
Adamson, W. M. Edwards, Sir C. (Bedwellty) Kennedy, Rt. Hon. T.
Alexander, Rt. Hon. A. V. (H'lsbr.) Edwards, N. (Caerphilly) Lathan, G.
Ammon, C. G. Frankel, D. Leach, W.
Anderson, F. (Whitehaven) Gallacher, W. Lee, F.
Banfield, J. W. Gardner, B. W. Leonard, W.
Barnes, A. J. Garro Jones, G. M. Leslie, J. R.
Barr, J. Gibson, R. (Greenock) Logan, D. G.
Batey, J. Green, W. H. (Deptford) Macdonald, G. (Ince)
Bellenger, F. J. Greenwood, Rt. Hon. A. Menthe, V. La T.
Benn, Rt. Hon. W. W. Grenfell, D. R. McGhee, H. G.
Benson, d Griffiths, G. A. (Hemsworth) McGovern, J.
Bevan, A. Griffiths, J. (Llanelly) Mainwaring, W. H.
Broad, F. A. Guest, Dr L. H. (Islington, N.) Marshall, F.
Brown, C. (Mansfield) Hall, G. H. (Aberdare) Mathers, G.
Buchanan, G. Hall, J. H. (Whitechapel) Maxton, J.
Burke, W. A. Hardie, Agnes Messer, F.
Cluse, W. S. Hayday, A. Montague, F.
Cooks, F. S. Henderson, J. (Ardwick) Morrison, Rt. Hon. H. (Hackney, S.)
Collindridge, F. Henderson, T. (Tradeston) Morrison, R. C. (Tottenham, N.)
Daggar, G. Hills, A. (Pontefract) Naylor, T. E.
Davidson, J. J. (Maryhill) Hopkin, D. Noel-Baker, P. J.
Davies, R. J. (Westhoughten) Jagger, J. Oliver, G. H.
Davies, S.O.(Merthyr) Jenkins, A. (Pontypool) Paling, W.
Day, H. John, W. Parkinson, J. A.
Pearson, A. Smith, T. (Normanton) Watkins, F. C.
Pethick-Lawrence, Rt. Hon. F. W. Sorensen, R. W. Watson, W. MoL.
Quibell, D. J. K. Stephen, C. Westwood, J.
Ridley, G. Stewart, W. J. (H'ght'n-le-Sp'ng) Whiteley, W. (Blaydon)
Riley, B. Stokes, R. R. Williams T. (Don Valley)
Sanders, W. S. Strauss, G. R. (Lambeth, N.) Wilson, C. H. (Attercliffe)
Sexton, T. M. Summerskill, Dr. Edith Windsor, W. (Hull, G.)
Shinwell, E. Taylor, R. J. (Morpeth) Woods, G. S. (Finsbury)
Silverman, S. S. Thorne, W. Young. Sir R. (Newton)
Simpson, F. B. Thurtle, E.
Smith, Bon (Rotherhithe) Tinker, J. J. TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Smith, E. (Stoke) Viant, S. P. Mr. Groves and Mr. Charleton.
Smith, Rt. Hon. H. B. Lees- (K'ly) Walker, J.

Question, "That the Clause be read a Second time," put, and agreed to.