HC Deb 28 September 1944 vol 403 cc419-20
Mr. Arthur Greenwood

May I ask what is the Business for next week, and will the Leader of the House also state the course of Business to-day?

Mr. Eden

The Business for next week will be as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3rd, 4th and 5th October—Committee stage of the Town and Country Planning Bill.

Friday, 6th OctobergSecond Reading of the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill, and, if there is an opportunity we hope to take the Second Reading of the Unemployment Bill and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.

From conversations which have taken place, we hope the House will agree to take the remaining stages of the Housing (Scotland) Bill as first Order to-morrow.

During the week we propose to take the Motion to approve the Milk Marketing (County of Moray) (Charges) Order.

As regards the Business for to-day, I understand, if you, Sir, are willing to give your approval, that it might be agreeable if there were a short Adjournment for the luncheon hour about 1.15.

Mr. Speaker

I am in the hands of the House but I am sure the House would not wish to impose an undue physical strain on the Prime Minister.

Mr. Shinwell

Before the Recess the Leader of the House gave some indication of a possible Debate on shipbuilding. Can he say anything about that matter now?

Mr. Eden

That is in our minds. It is one of the Debates we propose to have before the end of the Session.

Mr. Stokes

When is it proposed to give the House an opportunity of discussing the Bretton Woods Conference and, when that comes about, will the right hon. Gentleman consider allowing at least two full days?

Mr. Eden

I have not a date in mind at present, still less am I prepared to say two days until I know what the House as a whole would like. Sir H. Williams: When will the Coal Charges Order be taken?

Mr. Eden

We have till 8th November before that need be taken. It is a little while yet.

Mr. Bellenger

The Prime Minister said earlier in the week that the House would have an opportunity of debating the Government's White Paper on demobilisation. Have they made up their minds when it will be possible to debate that important matter?

Mr. Eden

If there is a general desire, arrangements will be made for a Debate, but the matter had best be discussed through the usual channels.

Mr. Tinker

When will time be given for the Social Insurance White Paper? Will it be in operation before the end of the Session?

Mr. Eden

The answer to the second part of the question is "No." As to the first part, I think hon. Members would still like a little time to study the Paper.