HC Deb 30 November 1948 vol 458 cc1813-4
Captain Crookshank

May I ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether you are now in a position to give your promised Ruling regarding the refusal of the Minister of Food to answer questions about the Overseas Food Corporation?

Mr. Speaker

I think it might be more convenient if we had a short Debate before I gave any Ruling. I think it would help me very considerably, and that it might also help hon. Members. Any Ruling that I gave now might, perhaps, rather prejudice further proceedings, and, therefore, I am prepared, on the Christmas Adjournment, if hon. Members so wish, to allot a certain amount of time to a Debate on that matter.

Captain Crookshank

I think that will suit us very well, because the same considerations may well apply not only to the Overseas Food Corporation, which was the actual context of the Question, but to other Corporations which are envisaged in Bills before the House.

Sir S. Cripps

I think the method that you have suggested, Mr. Speaker, will be very convenient.