HC Deb 06 July 1949 vol 466 c2166

Proceedings in Committee on Housing (Scotland) [Money] (No. 2) exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House).—[Mr. H. Morrison.]

Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Finance Bill, as amended, may be considered immediately after the recommittal of the Bill and report thereof, notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the interval between the various stages of such a Bill."—[Mr. Herbert Morrison.]

Captain Crookshank

I should have expected the Leader of the House to make a statement on this Motion, which, after all, is rather unusual. Although it is rather unusual, I think I am right in saying a similar one was moved last year. I want only to make the point that I hope that this is not to be considered a precedent, and that I hope that the well-established usage for dealing with the Finance Bill by specific stages is not to be abrogated by the moving of a Motion like this year after year. I do not want to discuss the matter at length, but if the Leader of the House could give us that assurance, that this is a very exceptional case, and that we are not going to take this action again, I shall be satisfied.

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

We fully recognise that this is an exceptional instance, and we would not wish the House to regard it as a precedent.

Question put, and agreed to.