HC Deb 23 October 1950 vol 478 cc2480-1
48. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will move to set up a Select Committee to consider what changes are necessary in the Rules of this House relating to Private Business.

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

Select Committees have been appointed in the past at intervals to inquire into specific matters relating to Private Bills and Private Business. The last Committee was appointed during the Session 1944–45, when the Standing Orders relating to Private Business were completely revised. I consider that no useful purpose would be served by appointing a further committee at present.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does that answer mean that the right hon. Gentleman is satisfied with the working of the present Rules in respect of Private Business and does he recall the difficulties which arose in the summer in connection with the passing of several Bills which, although private in form, aroused public interest?

Mr. Morrison

I can only say I am never satisfied about anything, but, as near as it is possible to be satisfied, I do not think there is a sufficient case to appoint a committee at the moment. I am quite prepared to keep the matter in mind for a future occasion.