HC Deb 03 February 1949 vol 460 cc1840-1
Mr. Churchill

Has the Leader of the House any statement to make to us this week about the business which will occupy us next week?

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

The Business for next week will be as follows: Monday, 7th February.—Report and Third Reading of the Water (Scotland) Bill.

Tuesday, 8th February.—Committee and remaining stages of the American Aid and European Payments (Financial Provisions) Bill, and of the Export Guarantees Bill.

Wednesday, 9th February.—Second Reading of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution;

Second Reading of the Colonial Naval Defence Bill [Lords].

Thursday, 10th February.—If the necessary preliminaries have been completed, Second Reading of the Public Works (Festival of Britain) Bill and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution;

Further progress will be made with the Minister of Food (Financial Powers) Bill, if not already disposed of.

Friday, 11th February.—Consideration of Private Members' Bills.

Professor Savory

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to give us the result of his fortnight's reflection upon whether he can allow time for discussion of the situation which has arisen by the passing into law of the Republic of Ireland Act? May I implore the right hon. Gentleman not to by-pass me a third time?

Mr. Morrison

I am afraid that I am not in a position to say anything other than what I said last week and the week before. I am sorry.

Mr. Harold Davies

May I ask my right hon. Friend if an opportunity will be given to this House, in view of the volcanic changes taking place in the Pacific and the Far East, to devote a day to discussing the policy of the Government in relation to the Far East and the Pacific?

Mr. Morrison

I do not see any immediate prospect of providing facilities for such a Debate, Sir. We have not done badly on Foreign Affairs Debates, in the way of time, and I think that it would not be a bad thing if we could have a rest for the time being.

Mr. Davies

I apologise to the House, but to some of us this is important. May I point out that although we may have had many Foreign Affairs Debates, the paucity of information on the Far East which has been given during these Debates has been abominable?