HC Deb 29 June 1944 vol 401 cc805-6
Mr. Arthur Greenwood

May I ask the Leader of the House to state the Business for next week?

Mr. Eden

The Business for next week will be as follows:

Tuesday, 4th July—Supply. (15th Allotted Day), Committee. The Estimates for the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, and Public Education, Scotland, will be considered.

Wednesday, 5th July—Second Reading of the Herring Industry Bill and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.

Thursday, 6th July—Report and Third Reading of the Food and Drugs (Milk and Dairies) Bill.

Friday, 7th July—Supply (16th Allotted Day), Committee. The Ministry of Pensions Vote will be considered.

Mr. Buchanan

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman which Minister will be in charge of the Herring Industry Bill?

Mr. Eden

I understand it will be the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr. Buchanan

Would it not be convenient for someone from the Ministry of Food to be present during this Debate, because certain issues which some of us think desirable should be raised affect that Ministry? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider that the Herring Industry Bill has wider implications than the position in Scotland, and that somebody from the Food Ministry should be present?

Mr. Eden

I will certainly consider that.

Mr. Edgar Granville

Will the right hon. Gentleman say if Tuesday is to be a Scottish day?

Mr. Eden

We shall take Scottish agriculture and Scottish education on that day.

Mr. Reakes

Will the right hon. Gentleman say why such an important matter as pensions should be relegated to a Friday for discussion?

Mr. Eden

I do not understand what my hon. Friend means. Friday is a Parliamentary day.

Major Thorneycroft

May I ask a question on the Town and Country Planning Bill? Could my right hon. Friend give us an indication when it is proposed to take the Second Reading; and whether it is proposed that a day should be allotted to that Bill, between now and the end of the present series of Sittings?

Mr. Eden

I do not know that I want to commit myself. We certainly will not take the Bill before the week after next.

Mr. McNeil

Does my right hon. Friend intend to suspend the Rule on Tuesday?

Mr. Eden

If there is a wish expressed to do so, we will take soundings through the usual channels.

Mr. Molson

With regard to the Town and Country Planning Bill, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman realises that local authorities are hoping to get this Bill before the Summer Recess?

Mr. A. Bevan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that they have expressed no enthusiasm for the Bill?

Mr. Silkin

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that local authorities do not want this Bill, and are pressing for its withdrawal?