HC Deb 17 June 1942 vol 380 cc1530-41

Ordered, That the Proceedings on the Motion relating to Old Age and Widows' Pensions be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Sir Stafford Cripps.]

Mr. Greenwood (Wakefield)

On a point of Order. I would like to ask the Leader of the House whether he has any time in mind for the probable conclusion of the Debate?

The Lord Privy Seal (Sir Stafford Cripps)

It was in order to meet the wishes of the House that we proposed to suspend the Rule, and I hope it will be agreeable for the House to conclude the Debate not later than two hours beyond the ordinary time. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will endeavour to catch your eye, Mr. Speaker, in time to conclude his speech at that hour.

Mr. MacLaren (Burslem)

He had better start now.

Mr. Silverman (Nelson and Colne)

Would this be a convenient moment for you, Mr. Speaker, to indicate to the House whether it is your intention to call any of the Amendments to that Motion, and if so, which?

Mr. Speaker

It will be better dealt with when we come to the Motion.

Mr. Maxton (Glasgow, Bridgeton)

Regarding to-day's procedure, the right hon. and learned Gentleman has told the House when he hopes that the Debate will end; can he give us any indication of the Government's hopes as to when it will begin?

Sir S. Cripps

It is the hope of the Government that it will begin very shortly, and take up substantially the whole Sitting.