HC Deb 24 March 1942 vol 378 c1822
Mr. Arthur Greenwood

May I ask the Leader of the House whether he proposes to move the suspension of the Rule today; and, secondly, when he intends to put on the Paper the Motion for the Adjournment for the Easter Recess?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

The Debate on Production will take place to-day on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House. My right hon Friend the Minister of Production will open the Debate. The Government desire that as many Members as possible should take part in the Debate and I propose to move the necessary Motion to extend the Sitting. I hope, as there are to be two days for the Debate, that it will not be found necessary for the House to sit very late. The only other item of Business which we have to-day is the Second Reading of the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill, which is usually treated as a formal stage. I propose to move the Motion for the Adjournment for the Recess on the next Sitting Day.

Mr. Stokes

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he proposes to suspend the Rule on the next Sitting Day as well as to-day?

Mr. Eden

I was dealing at the moment with to-day, but we will see how matters go, and decide later whether the House desires a further suspension of the Rule or not.

Mr. Thorne

May I ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is prepared to grant the Return asked for in the Motion which appears on the Order Paper in my name?

[Return of the assets of the registered trade unions, building and friendly societies, of the number of Post Office savings bank depositors, and particulars of 16 other such societies similar to the information published in the Statistical Abstract for 1935–36 in connection with people's savings.]

Sir K. Wood

Perhaps my hon. Friend will allow me to look into that question.