§ Mr. Arthur Greenwood
Will the Leader of the House state the Business for the next series of Sittings?
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)
The Business for the next series of Sittings will be as follows:
First Sitting Day—Report and Third Reading of the Catering Wages Bill.
Second Sitting Day—Report stage of the Budget Resolutions; Consideration of the Lords Amendments to the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill; and Motion to approve the War Damage (Highways Scheme) Order.
Third Sitting Day—The House will Adjourn for the Easter Recess.
If there is time during the week, progress will be made with the Settled Land and Trustee Acts (Court's General Powers) Bill [Lords], Evidence and Powers of Attorney Bill [Lords], and Courts (Emergency Powers) Bill [Lords].
§ Sir P. Harris
Can my right hon. Friend indicate when a day is likely to be available for the discussion of the refugees problem?
§ Mr. A. Bevan
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is on the Order Paper a Motion in the names of a large number of hon. Members on the subject of workmen's compensation, and that for over a fortnight we have asked for facilities for a discussion of this? Can he give an idea when that Motion can be discussed, because in the mining industry there is very great dissatisfaction on the subject?
§ [This House is of opinion that the scales of payment to injured workmen under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925, deny a reasonable standard of living to the injured workman and his dependants and delays his restoration to full industrial employment, and calls upon the Government to take steps to raise the rates provided for in the 1925 Act by 50 per cent., and to adjust the method of calculating pre-accident earnings 1390 so that the injured workmen may be compensated on an equitable basis.]
§ Earl Winterton
In accordance with what I think is the usual practice, can my right hon. Friend say what are the topics which have been submitted to Mr. Speaker as suitable for discussion on the Motion for the Adjournment for the Easter Recess, or will he make an announcement early in the next series of Sittings?
§ Sir H. O'Neill
Does the Prime Minister intend to make any general statement on the war before the Easter Recess?
§ Mr. Granville
In view of the fact that the Prime Minister's Four-Year Plan has been discussed in another place and is to be discussed at the Easter conferences, would it be irreverent to suggest that we might have an opportunity of discussing it in the near future in the House of Commons?
§ Mr. McGovern
Can the right hon. Gentleman give us any information about the proposed Debate on the new legislation concerning old age pensions, as a large number of hon. Members are very dissatisfied on this matter?
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
With regard to workmen's compensation, is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that on three previous occasions we were referred to the ordinary channels, and now apparently the ordinary channels have dried up, and another technique has been suggested? Will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider the position with regard to workmen's compensation, which is creating very serious dissatisfaction?
§ Mr. R. J. Taylor
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is tremendous dissatisfaction in the coalfields about the basic rate of compensation?
§ Mr. A. Bevan
Does the right hon. Gentleman suggest that no representations whatsoever have been made to him by representatives of this party?
In view of the anxiety of relatives, may we have a statement on the shackling of prisoners before the Adjournment for Easter?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Can we get any information as to when we are going to have the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Bill, or would the right hon. Gentleman consider handing it over to the Scottish Members to operate it during the Recess?