HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 c298
Mr. Lees-Smith

May I ask the Lord Privy Seal what is the Business of the house for the next Sitting Days?

Mr. Attlee

On the First and Second Sitting Days we shall take the concluding-stages of the War Damage Bill. It will be necessary in any event to re-commit certain parts of the War Damage Bill in order to carry out some of the undertakings given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer during the Committee stage. From conversations which have taken place, we understand that it will be to the convenience of hon. Members if the outstanding points on the Bill are discussed entirely on re-committal rather than some being taken in Committee and others on the Report stage. In order to meet the general convenience of the House, a Motion has been put down to re-commit the Bill as a whole. We shall, therefore, begin this stage on the First Sitting Day and bring it to a conclusion on the second day at a convenient hour which will allow sufficient time for a formal Report stage and the Third Reading.

On the Third Sitting Day we shall consider the House of Commons Disqualification (Temporary Provisions) Bill.

Mr. Granville

Will there be an opportunity for a Debate on the food position? I asked this Question last week, and I was told that it was being considered. Has the matter received consideration?

Mr. Attlee

I am afraid there will be no time in the immediate future, at any rate before Easter, as our programme is already full.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Can my right hon. Friend say whether any progress has been made with arrangements for a Debate on the cotton situation?

Mr. Attlee

I am pursuing my inquiries.

Mr. Mander

If necessary, will the whole day be available for the discussion of the House of Commons Disqualification (Temporary Provisions) Bill?

Mr. Attlee

That is the only Business for the day.