HC Deb 21 March 1950 vol 472 c1919

Order read for resuming adjourned Debate on Question [13th March], "That Three be the quorum."

Question again proposed.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Sir Charles MacAndrew)

Does the hon. Member for Croydon, East, (Sir H. Williams) wish to move his Amendment?

Sir Herbert Williams (Croydon, East)

Mr. Deputy-Speaker, I did not wish to do so. I thought I had indicated that I did not wish to pursue the matter further, because it was made clear to me that the new Committee is likely to make a real inquiry into the cause of the heavy losses in the past. I desired to move another Amendment on the night, when, owing to the turbulence of the House, I could not hear what Mr. Speaker was saying. I put down this alternative Amendment. If the quorum had been four, instead of three, last session I think it would have been better. I want to see the elimination of the £20,000 loss, because I do not see why hon. Members should have meals here at the expense of the public outside, but in the circumstances I beg to move to leave out "Three" and to insert "Four."

Amendment agreed to.

Question, as amended, agreed to.