HC Deb 18 May 1950 vol 475 cc1397-8
Mr. Eden

May I ask the Leader of the House if he can tell us the Business for next week?

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

The Business for next week will be as follows:

MONDAY, 22ND MAY—Supply (14th Allotted Day), Committee;

Debate on the Building Industry, with special reference to the Working Party's Report.

TUESDAY, 23RD MAY—Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Diplomatic Privileges (Extension) Bill;

Conclusion of the Committee stage, and if possible, remaining stages of the Coal Mining (Subsidence) Bill;

Second Reading of the Public Registers and Records (Scotland) Bill [Lords];

Second Reading of the Colonial and other Territories (Divorce Jurisdiction) Bill [Lords].

WEDNESDAY, 24TH MAY—Supply (15th Allotted Day), Committee;

Debate on the situation in the Far East and South-East Asia.

THURSDAY, 25TH MAY—Committee and remaining stages of the Foreign Compensation Bill;

Remaining stages of the Highways (Provision of Cattle-Grids) Bill; and of the

Remaining stages of the Coal Mining (Subsidence) Bill, if not already disposed of;

Second Reading of the Maintenance Orders Bill [Lords].

FRIDAY, 26TH MAY—It is proposed to adjourn for the Whitsun Recess until Tuesday, 13th June.

Mr. Geoffrey Cooper

In view of the considerable number of hon. Members who are balloting each day for the Adjournment, could my right hon. Friend give consideration to the allocation of each Friday of the present Parliament to Private Members?

Mr. Morrison

This is a new one and I would like to think about it.

Mr. Peter Thorneycroft

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman when it is proposed to take the Transferred Undertakings (Compensation to Employees) Regulations?

Mr. Morrison

I am afraid that I do not know.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether it will be possible to take them before Whitsun, because he will appreciate that these men are being treated with some unfairness and that a great deal of hardship is being caused; and it is really time that something was done by this Government both to pay for the businesses they have taken over and to compensate the men they have thrown out of work?

Mr. Morrison

I will look into the point.

Mr. Edgar Granville

May I ask the Leader of the House if he can give consideration for time in the future for the discussion of electoral reform?

Mr. Morrison

That, of course, is a large subject, and I noted what the Leader of the Opposition said in the Debate on the Address in reply to the King's Speech I would be clear in my mind if I knew whether the Conservative Party had changed their policy upon proportional representation.