§ Considered in Committee [Progress, 19th June].
§ [Major MILNER in the Chair]
§ 3.30 p.m.
§ Mr. Eden (Warwick and Leamington)
Before we proceed to business, with the leave of the House may I ask the Chancellor a question? I believe that good progress was made yesterday. There are a number of new Clauses, some of them important ones, and some of them in the name of the Government. It looks as if it will be rather difficult to discuss those adequately in the two days. I do not know what the Chancellor feels, but I do not think anybody wants a late sitting if it can be avoided. I was wondering whether the Government could consider, if there is good and reasonable debate, whether a third day would not be preferable to sitting late either tonight or tomorrow night?
§ The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Stafford Cripps)
I think that with the same good co-operation as we have had in the course of these discussions, and in view of the number of Clauses that are being selected for debate, it should be possible to get through them, but perhaps we could see later on this evening how we proceed.
§ Sir Waldron Smithers (Orpington)
On a point of order. I understand that a new Clause (Easter Offerings) has not been selected. I do not criticise that for one moment, but I want the clergymen of England to know that we have done our best for them.
§ Sir Herbert Williams (Croydon, East)
On a point of order. I gather that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has already been informed what Clauses are to be selected for Debate, and the hon. Member for Orpington (Sir W. Smithers) also seems to be informed. It would be a great convenience if the rest of us could be told.
§ The Chairman
Any hon. Gentleman is at liberty to see the Secretary to the Chairman of Ways and Means and inquire as to any particular Amendment. That always has been so.