§ Friday, 16th June—An opportunity will be provided for debating the operation of Regulation 18B and the detention of a Member of this House, concerning which Motions now stand on the Paper.
§ [That this House having acquiesced in the detention of an honourable Member without trial or charge, in view of the authority conferred upon the Home Sec- 1520 retary by Regulation 18B, is now of the opinion that such detention for a period of over four years threatens the ancient and well established right of the House to the service of its Members, constitutes a dangerous precedent damaging to the prestige of the House and ought now to cease unless justified to the House, if necessary, in secret session.]—[Sir I. Albery.]
§ [That this House is of opinion that Me time has come for reconsideration of Regulation 18B and of the practicability of bringing to trial those now in detention on the sole responsibilty of the Home Secretary.]—[Mr. Manningham-Buller.]
§ The Government do not want to restrict the Debate by dealing with this question on a limiting Motion. It had occurred to me that we might deal with it on the Home Secretary's salary, but I will be in a position to announce to the House, perhaps early next week, how we actually mean to deal with it.
§ Sir Irving Albery
Would my right hon. Friend consider whether it will be possible to take a Supply Day formally and then proceed with the Motion on the Paper?
§ Sir Joseph Lamb
Did I understand the right hon. Gentleman to say that the whole of the stages of the Food and Drugs Bill will be taken on Tuesday?
§ Mr. Manningham-Buller
With regard to the Debate on Regulation 18B, do I understand that an opportunity will be provided for a Debate not only on the Motion in the name of the hon. Member for Gravesend (Sir I. Albery) but on the general operation of that Regulation?
When will the Government be in a position to state their decision with regard to increases of dependants' allowances? The Secretary of State for War said that he hoped an announcement would be made shortly, but he did not define his meaning of "shortly."
§ Mr. Higgs
Is it anticipated that the Committee stage of the Finance Bill will be completed on Wednesday and Thursday?
§ Commander Sir Archibald Southby
May I ask my right hon. Friend to give further consideration to the question of having the Debate on Regulation 188 on Friday? This is an important matter touching closely this House and its Members. The difficulty about having Debates on Fridays is that the Government are unable to suspend the Rule on that day for obvious reasons. Would it not be preferable that a Debate of this character should take place when there was the greatest possible opportunity for Members to take part in it? Will my right hon. Friend, therefore, have that Debate on Thursday and the second day of the Committee stage of the Finance Bill on Friday?
§ Sir Herbert Williams
Will my right hon. Friend communicate to the Chancellor of the Exchequer the possibility that there will be less interest in Clauses 1–31 of the Finance Bill if the attitude of the Chancellor towards retrospective legislation in Clause 32 is sympathetic?
§ Sir A. Southby
On a point of Order. When I asked a question just now the hon. Member for Leigh (Mr. Tinker) objected and called out to the right hon. Gentleman "Stand by your arrangement." Are we to understand that an arrangement has been come to with the other side?
§ Mr. Tinker
The arrangement I meant was the arrangement which the right hon. Gentleman announced in his statement on Business, and I want him to stand by it.
§ Sir Waldron Smithers
Is the Leader of the House aware that two days for the Committee stage of the Finance Bill are quite inadequate? Are we to assume that it is exempted Business and that we can go on to any hour we like?