HC Deb 14 April 1943 vol 388 c1192
45. Mr. Perkins

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give the House an opportunity of discussing the Motion standing in the name of the hon. Member for Stroud and other Members.

[To move that this House feels that it is essential that the present Board of British Overseas Airways should be strengthened by the appointment of additional directors with civil flying experience.]

Mr. Eden

I regret that in the present state of public business time cannot be afforded for the discussion of my hon. Friend's Motion, but I would remind him that a day has already been promised for a Debate on Civil Aviation.

Mr. Perkins

Am I to understand, in view of the very important statement made by the Secretary of State for Air to-day, that he agrees, in effect, with this Motion, that the Motion will be accepted by the Government?

Mr. Eden

I do not think my hon. Friend should jump quite so rapidly to that conclusion. What I said was that we are to have a Debate. How the Debate takes place can perhaps be discussed.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the state of public business, would the Government not consider passing the Scottish Hydro-Electric Bill over to the Scottish Grand Committee?