HC Deb 10 November 1943 vol 393 c1177

Ordered, That, nothwithstanding the practice of the House, the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill may be considered in Committee immediately after the Bill has been read a second time."—[Mr. Attlee.]

Mr. Robertson (Streatham)

On a point of Order. May I ask for your guidance, Mr. Speaker? I wish to know why no statement was made yesterday by the Minister in charge of the Fish Sales (Charges) Order, in view of the known opposition to it, and also in view of the much more important fact that large increases in the cost of fish were authorised by that Order and that those increases must be borne by the consumers.

Mr. Speaker

I am afraid there is no point of Order here. It was open to any hon. Member who was present yesterday to raise those questions on the Order. The hon. Member did not ask those questions then, and he cannot raise the matter now.

Mr. Gallacher (Fife, West)

Could we not have a statement from some Minister on why the Whips did not arrange for the business to be carried on yesterday, in view of the fact that we are always being told that there is no time for discussing matters which many private Members wish to discuss? We should have a guarantee that we are not going to be "done in" in the same manner to-day.

Mr. Speaker

That also is not a point of Order. If hon. Members had chosen yesterday to raise any of these matters, the discussion would have continued, and the fault therefore lies with hon. Members themselves.