HC Deb 24 July 1940 vol 363 c802
46. Mr. Granville

asked the Prime Minister whether he will arrange for Parliament to remain in Session during the present vital period of the war and, instead of adjourning for a Summer Recess, enable the House of Commons to meet for a limited number of days each week in order that Ministers may keep in touch with Members of Parliament and public opinion in the country?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Attlee)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 9th July last in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher).

Mr. Granville

In the light of possible events, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that it would be reassuring to the country if the Ministers responsible for the prosecution of the war were able to keep in the closest touch with the House of Commons? Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that he used to make continual demands for the House to continue its Sittings when the situation was less serious than it is now?

Mr. Attlee

If the hon. Member will read the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for West Fife, he will see that all those points were dealt with.

Mr. Thorne

Is not the hon. Member aware that the world is changing, and so are Members of Parliament?

Mr. Gallacher

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the House should be in continuous Session throughout the summer months, even for a few days a week?

Viscountess Astor

Is it not very important that Members should get down to their constituents?