HC Deb 01 February 1944 vol 396 cc1139-40
Mr. Buchanan

I wish to ask the Leader of the House a question regarding the Orr Report on Infant Mortality in Scotland. I would like to know whether it is possible to have time to discuss this subject. I know that the answer which can be given to me is that we can discuss it on a Scottish Supply Day but I am suggesting that this report raises, in full relief, certain issues that are not merely Scottish issues alone. As there are some ghastly things revealed in this report, could the right hon. Gentleman give us special time for its consideration by the House?

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

I have gone into this matter and I find that my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South Nottingham (Major Markham) has the Adjournment Motion, in about a fortnight, to discuss this matter. Of course, I understand that that will give opportunity only for a brief discussion and I have consulted my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, who feels, with the Government, that this is a matter on which we should seek to give an opportunity for full discussion. I cannot say here and now how we will contrive it but it is the Government's wish that the Report should be discussed. Perhaps my hon. Friend will be good enough to allow us to make the necessary arrangements in the ordinary way.