HC Deb 11 March 1941 vol 369 c1148
39. Mr. Levy

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability of proposing a time limit on speeches with a view to the expedition of Parliamentary business, and enabling more Members to take part in Debates if some such restriction were imposed?

Mr. Attlee

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 18th February last, in reply to a Question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for East Renfrew (Major Lloyd.).

Mr. Levy

Would it not be wise for the right hon. Gentleman to give some guidance on the matter? One does not object to Ministers taking time, if necessary, but should there not be a time limit applying to back benchers?

Mr. Attlee

Perhaps the hon. Member will look at the OFFICIAL REPORT for Thursday, 25th May, 1939, when the matter was fully discussed and when Mr. Speaker gave certain advice to the House.

Mr. Gallacher

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that, on Scottish days, Members voluntarily limit themselves to speeches lasting 15 minutes?

Mr. A. Bevan

Is it not a fact that the House now spends less time in this way than it has ever done?