§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)
Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
§ TUESDAY, 1ST MAY—Supply (14th Allotted Day), Committee.
§ Debate on raw materials.
§ THURSDAY, 3RD MAY—Second Reading of the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces (Protection of Civil Interests) Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.
§ FRIDAY, 4TH MAY—Consideration of Private Members' Bills.
§ Mr. H. Hynd
With regard to Friday, as the Leader of the House will be aware that all hon. Members have been invited 574 to participate in the Royal Opening of the South Bank Exhibition on that date, has he considered adjourning the sitting of the House for that occasion and providing another day for Private Members' Bills?
§ Mr. Duncan Sandys
Can the Leader of the House say when the Government will take the Bill to indemnify them for the overspending of Festival Gardens Ltd.? Would it not be desirable to get this matter over before the official opening of the Exhibition?
§ Mr. George Thomas
Will the Leader of the House indicate when the Government hope to fortify themselves and their consultations with the Dominions on the question of the Far East ex-prisoners of war by allowing the House to debate the matter and give its opinion?
§ Mr. Eden
To revert to the question by my right hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Sandys), the right hon. Gentleman said that he did not want to take the Bill next week, but can he give any indication when the Bill will be taken? It has been put off now week by week, and it is not a satisfactory position that this money should be spent without the authority of the House.
§ Mr. Blackburn
With reference to the Motion that the late right hon. Ernest Bevin be buried in Westminster Abbey, may I ask my right hon. Friend if he will take the sense of the House through the main political parties in order to discover 575 whether, in view of the great services of the right hon. Gentleman not only to this country but to all humanity, it would be right that he should be buried in Westminster Abbey? Would it not be a good thing for the trade union movement to have for the first time a representative accorded the great national honour of being buried in Westminster Abbey?
Air Commodore Harvey
Reverting to the Festival of Britain, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that at the opening in 1851 the House adjourned for two hours?
§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
Can the Leader of the House give us any idea when we can anticipate having a debate on the Beveridge Committee Report on the B.B.C.?
§ Mr. Grimond
Arising out of the question by the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. G. Thomas), will the Leader of the House bear in mind that the claim of the Far Eastern ex-prisoners-of-war is becoming more and more urgent and perhaps particularly urgent in view of the consultations with the Dominions on the matter?
§ Professor Savory
Is the right hon. Gentleman in a position to state the date of the Whitsuntide Recess in view of the necessity for booking cabins and seats in aeroplanes?