HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 c1487
Mr. Austin

On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. With reference to the request made last Thursday for the suspension of the Rule for tonight's Debate, and in view of the undertaking given by the Lord President of the Council that he would consider such a proposal, am in Order in asking whether there is to be a suspension of the Rule?

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

It is perfectly true that I did indicate that I would not be. unsympathetic to some extension of time tonight, but there was an argument about an all-night Sitting which so shocked me that really I never got over the shock sufficiently to remember to consider the matter again. I think it might meet the convenience of the House if we were to extend the Sitting for one hour today.

Mr. Stokes

May I ask whether the Lord President of the Council will consider giving us a similar extension tomorrow night?

Mr. Morrison

I am a bit doubtful about that proposition because it would make the wind-up of the Debate rather later than normal. I should have thought that if we are giving an hour today, that was a reasonable arrangement.

Ordered: That the Proceedings on any Motion for Adjournment of the House moved by a Minister of the Crown be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House) for One hour after Ten o'Clock."—[Mr. H. Morrison.]