HC Deb 06 December 1951 vol 494 cc2579-91

4.18 p.m.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Harry Crookshank)

I beg to move, That this House, at its rising Tomorrow, do adjourn till Tuesday, 29th January. The proposals of the Government with regard to the dates for the Christmas Recess were made known to the House some time ago, actually by myself, as reported in HANSARD of 12th November, when I said that we would propose to adjourn tomorrow, 7th December, and meet again on Tuesday, 29th January.

The House will also recollect that the subject formed a large part of the debate on the official Opposition's second Amendment to the Address in reply to the Gracious Speech. On that occasion, not only my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Local Government, but I myself explained the attitude of the Government on the matter. Therefore, I do not think I shall be treating the House with any discourtesy if I do not amplify the proposals again, less than a month afterwards because, I am quite sure they are fully in the minds of hon. and right hon. Gentlemen.

I would take the opportunity—I know it is not necessary for the older Members of the House, but it might be of some help to those of our colleagues who have come into the House for the first time—to remind the House that power already exists for Parliament to be re-called to meet at an earlier date should the public interest so require. And I can certainly give the House the assurance that the Government would not hesitate to take such steps as it might have to take for the re-call of Parliament, should it be necessary—

Mr. Julian Snow (Lichfield and Tamworth) rose

Mr. Crookshank

I am merely explaining the situation. That is the situation, and some hon. Members may not be aware of it. So, having already explained—

Mr. Snow

Will the right hon. Gentleman give way now? Does the initiative lie entirely and only with the Government on that point?

Mr. Crookshank

It is a decision of Mr. Speaker on representations made by His Majesty's Government so far as I am aware—

Mr. Snow

Only the Government?

Mr. Crookshank

It is a Standing Order, so far as I am aware. But, as I say, the House can be assured that the Government would, of course, take any necessary action should the occasion arise.

4.20 p.m.

Mr. Herbert Morrison (Lewisham, South)

I beg to move, to leave out "Tomorrow," and to insert "on Friday, 14th December" instead thereof.

I presume it will be convenient if we discuss this Amendment and the next proposed Amendment, namely, to leave out "29th January," and to insert "22nd January," at the same time. It will be seen that the proposal we make is that a week should be added to the Sitting of the House forthwith and that the House should meet a week earlier than would be the case under the Motion moved by the Leader of the House. That would reduce the Recess by a fortnight.

As Question time went on this afternoon, and we got to the statements, the strength of this Amendment steadily increased. In all the circumstances, we think that it is monstrous that the House should have two months' Recess. We think it should be reduced to the somewhat normal period of round about six weeks, or so. There has been a widespread desire in the House for discussion.

Hon. Members

Speak up.

Mr. Morrison


Mr. Speaker

There is a request that the right hon. Gentleman should speak a little louder.

Mr. Morrison

I am nearly at open-air meeting stage as it is, in order to be heard at all. But we are all right now.

The House has been anxious to discuss the new proposals with regard to Africa, which are of the very greatest importance. Unfortunately, it has not been found possible to provide time this side of the Christmas Adjournment. There was the announcement of the Government with regard to the special agricultural Price Review, which has resulted in very important questions as to fertilizer and food prices in relation to subsidies on food prices, and so on. Whatever the merits may be, the social and public consequences of that are so considerable that we ought to have had time to debate it.

We on this side of the House have been seeking from the Prime Minister, and other Ministers, a statement regarding the persistent rumours about altering the school entry and school-leaving age. The Government have refused to say whether they are contemplating such a step. They have equally refused to say they are not contemplating such a step. We should have liked the opportunity to press the Government and, by way of debate, to have secured a declaration on this matter. If the Government have no such intentions they ought to inform the educational world straight away and put them out of the anxiety which undoubtedly they are in.

Today, we heard two very important announcements. One, that a Bill is to be introduced—about which the Government did not breathe a word, so far as I know, at the Election—for the repeal of certain provisions as to the sale of intoxicating liquor in new towns. This announcement is made on the last effective day before the Adjournment, which takes place tomorrow—

Viscount Hinchingbrooke (Dorset, South)

Christmas cheer!

Mr. Morrison

The noble Lord said something about Christmas cheer. He should not be so indiscreet as to remind me about Christmas bonuses of food, if the party of Mr. Scrooge want to paint themselves as the party of good cheer they had better think again.

Then we heard the announcement from the Minister of Transport that transport charges are going up. When my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham, South (Mr. Barnes) made a similar announcement earlier, it sent the Opposition right up in the air, and they demanded a debate. When is the increase to operate? In the middle of the Christmas Recess, on 31st December, and the House is getting no chance to debate it.

These are specific matters and I am sure the list could be added to. Heaven knows what the Government will get up to by way of administrative action of one sort or another, by bringing in Orders or by directions, without Parliament being here to challenge them. They themselves have asserted that the general situation is exceedingly serious. That also is a reason, which they themselves have urged when in Opposition, as to why the Christmas Recess should not be abnormally long. These are good and conclusive reasons why the Christmas Recess should he diminished from the period proposed by the Government, which, in itself, is d shorter period than they originally proposed. But we still think it too long, and we ask the House to support this Amendment.

4.25 p.m.

Mr. Frederick Peart (Workington)

I wish to support the Amendment for the reason that the Government have refused, particularly in the field of education, to clarify their intentions. We have put down for discussion a Motion, signed by over 100 hon. Members on this side of the House, asking that there should be no economies in educational expenditure and we feel that any departure from the main Education Act should be opposed. [Interruption.] At any rate, the seat which my right hon. Friend the Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) has now taken on the Front Bench shows there is plenty of unity on my side of the House. We are united in our desire to extend the Sitting and beg the Government not to make any decision during the Christmas Recess on this matter.

Not only are we concerned about but the representatives of professional organisations throughout the country have expressed opposition to any alteration of the Education Act and any attack on the standards of educational opportunity for our children. I feel it is important that we should have time to discuss education by extending the opportunities for debate and I hope that the Leader of the House will reconsider this matter.

4.26 p.m.

Mr. T. Driberg (Maldon)

My right hon. Friend who moved the Amendment stated that several important new announcements have been made today. There is yet another important announcement, also made today, an announcement of a very serious—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]—and important change of policy about the return to the Bamangwato tribe of Tshekedi Khama and Seretse Khama.

The point I want to make is this. When my hon. Friend the Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Fenner Brockway) sought your permission, Mr. Speaker, to move the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9, you, naturally, pointed out that this was impossible, since the debate today was to be on the Adjournment anyway. But it may well be that some hon. Members who succeed in catching your eye in the course of the debate today will address themselves to this other very important subject, and not to the subject which had already been agreed as the main subject for the debate today.

They would obviously not do so if this House were to continue in session for, at any rate, part of the next week, so that one day could be allotted next week to a discussion of the very important announcement by the Government on the question of Tshekedi Khama. If there is no such prolongation of the present session it is obvious that there is a serious risk of a most inconveniently disorderly debate, as it were, or, at any rate, a ragged debate today on the Adjournment since many hon. Members will be discussing the subject of defence and others will be discussing the question of Tshekedi Khama and his return to his tribe.

I therefore suggest that this is another reason why the House should support the Amendment moved by my right hon. Friend and should insist that the Government give us more time before Christmas for discussing the very important new announcements of policy which have been made in the month since the Leader of the House first addressed us on this subject.

4.30 p.m.

Mr. James Hudson (Ealing, North)

Without further reference to another matter which has been referred to by my right hon. Friend—[Laughter.] I submit, despite the laughter, that hon. Members have reason to spend some time on the question of the willingness of the Tory Party to meet the claims of the brewers when the Government neglect so many other subjects. I wish particularly to refer to a question that arose earlier today.

We are going away for two months—[HON. MEMBERS: "Seven weeks."] All right—we are going away for seven weeks, which will be long enough for a great many lives to be lost in Korea. We are going away because, presumably, according to the Foreign Secretary, we must leave an opportunity for the question of prisoners of war to be dealt with. I submit to the Foreign Secretary and to the House that there is no likelihood of any greater safety or any greater comfort to be secured for those prisoners by the attitude of a House of Commons that is prepared to go away for seven weeks while this useless slaughter in Korea continues.

Even had no other matter been referred to, there is a continuing reason why the House should remain in Session in order to bring to a conclusion the fighting now going on in Korea, when so many people in the country are looking longingly to what they thought they would get from the beginning of the truce talks that have been started there. It is a wicked thing that the Government should have brought us to a period of a seven weeks' delay on this matter while so many risks will have to be taken by our men and so much useless slaughter will have to continue.

4.33 p.m.

Mr. Eric Fletcher (Islington, East)

There is still another reason why it is quite intolerable that the House should be allowed to go into Recess for a period of seven weeks. A great many Members on this side were profoundly alarmed and dissatisfied at the refusal of the Foreign Secretary yesterday to give the House any assurance on the question of German re-armament.

I regard it as quite intolerable that there should be any risk that while the House is in Recess for a period of seven weeks, the Government should take an irrevocable decision on the question of German re-armament, which a great many people in the House would regard as a matter of at least equal concern to the affairs that are happening in Korea.

There is on the Order Paper a Motion in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham, South (Mr. Elwyn Jones), and myself, and a number of other hon. Members, deploring the Foreign Secretary's refusal to give an assurance that Parliament will be consulted before the United Kingdom is committed to support any actual measures of German rearmament. I hoped that the House would have had a full opportunity of discussing that subject. It may well be that there is incidental reference to it in today's debate, but that is now much less likely in view of the multitude of other subjects which will, no doubt, be considered in this debate, including the questions of Seretse Khama, Tshekedi Khama, education, and so forth.

I very much hope that the Amendment will be supported on all sides and that, in addition, we shall have during today's debate an assurance from the Government that no irrevocable decision will be taken on the subject of German re-armament until the House has been consulted.

4.36 p.m.

Mr. Emrys Hughes (South Ayrshire)

When the first announcement of the ceasefire negotiations in Korea was made in the House by the ex-Foreign Secretary, I ventured to ask whether this was not the best news we had heard from Korea since the commencement of hostilities. The ex-Foreign Secretary agreed with that, and I believe that at the time when that cease-fire announcement was made there went up, not only from the people of this

country, but from people all over the world, a great sigh of relief because it was thought that this desperate, futile slaughter in Korea was about to end.

For many weeks since that time, this has gone on week after week, day after day, and it is a great tragedy indeed—

Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Colonel Sir Charles MacAndrew)

I cannot quite link this up with the Amendment which is before the House.

Mr. Hughes

It is a tragedy indeed that we should be leaving for eight weeks' holiday, leaving this decision to be made at a time when our people want to see a definite cease-fire and an ending of hostilities before Christmas. As representing Scottish soldiers and the relatives of Scots soldiers who are taking part in this futile slaughter in Korea, I join in the protest against the dispersal of the House on this occasion.

Question put, "That 'Tomorrow' stand part of the Question."

The House divided: Ayes, 294; Noes, 246.

Division No. 27] AYES 4.40 p.m.
Aitken, W. T. Bullus, Wing Commander E. E. Eden, Rt. Hon. A.
Allan, R. A. (Paddington, S.) Burden, F. F. A. Elliot, Rt. Hon. W. E.
Alport, C. J. M. Butler, Rt. Hon. R. A. (Saffron Walden) Erroll, F. J.
Amory, Heathcoat (Tiverton) Carr, Robert (Mitcham) Fell, A.
Anstruther-Gray, Major W. J. Carson, Hon. E. Finlay, Graeme
Arbuthnot, John Gary, Sir R. Fisher, Nigel
Ashton, H. (Chelmsford) Channon, H. Fletcher, Walter (Bury)
Astor, Hon. J. J. (Plymouth, Sutton) Churchill, Rt. Hon. W. S. Fletcher-Cooke, C.
Aster, Hon. W. W. (Bucks, Wycombe) Clarke, Col. Ralph (East Grinstead) Fort, R.
Baker, P. A. D. Clarke, Brig. Terence (Portsmouth, W.) Foster, John
Baldock, Lt.-Cmdr. J. M. Clyde, Rt. Hon. J. L. Fraser, Sir Ian (Morecambe & Lonsdale)
Baldwin, A. E. Cole, Norman Fyfe, Rt. Hon. Sir David Maxwell
Banks, Col. C. Colegate, W. A. Galbraith, Cmdr. T. D. (Pollok)
Barber, A. P. L. Conant, Maj. R. J. E. Galbraith, T. G. D. (Hillhead)
Barlow, Sir John Cooper, Sqn. Ldr. Albert Gammans, L. D.
Baxter, A. B. Cooper-Key, E. M. Garner-Evans, E. H.
Bell, Philip (Bolton, E.) Craddock, Beresford (Spelthorne) George, Rt. Hon. Maj. G. Lloyd
Bell, Ronald (Bucks, S.) Cranborne, Viscount Glyn, Sir Ralph
Bennett, F. M. (Reading, N.) Crookshank, Capt. Rt. Hon. H. F. C. Godber, J. B.
Bennett, Sir Peter (Edgbaston) Crouch, R. F. Gomme-Duncan, Col. A.
Bennett, Dr. Reginald (Gosport) Crowder, John E. (Finchley) Gough, C. F. H.
Bennett, William (Woodside) Crowder, Petre (Ruislip—Northwood) Gower, H. R.
Bevins, J. R. (Toxteth) Cuthbert, W. N. Graham, Sir Fergus
Birch, Nigel Darling, Sir William (Edinburgh, S.) Gridley, Sir Arnold
Bishop, F. P. Davidson, Viscountess Grimston, Hon. John (St. Albans)
Black, C. W. Davies, Rt. Hn. Clement (Montgomery) Grimston, Robert (Westbury)
Bossom, A. C. De la Bère, R. Hare, Hon. J. H.
Bowen, E. R. Deedes, W. F. Harris, Frederic (Croydon)
Boyd-Carpenter, J. A. Digby, S. Wingfield Harris, Reader (Heston)
Boyle, Sir Edward Dodds-Parker, A. D Harrison, Lt.-Col. J. H. (Eye)
Braine, B. R. Donaldson, Comdr C. E. McA Harvey, Air Cdre. A. V. (Macclesfield)
Braithwaite, Sir Albert (Harrow, W.) Donner, P. W. Harvey, Ian (Harrow, E.)
Braithwaite, Lt.-Cdr. G. (Bristol, N. W.) Doughty, C. J. A. Harvie-Watt, Sir George
Bromley-Davenport, Lt.-Col. W. H. Douglas-Hamilton, Lord Malcolm Hay, John
Brooke, Henry (Hampstead) Drayson, G. B. Head, Rt. Hon. A. H.
Brooman-White, R. C. Drewe, C. Heath, Edward
Browne, Jack (Govan) Dugdale, Mj. Rt. Hn. Sir T. (Richmond) Hicks-Beach, Maj. W. W.
Buchan-Hepburn, Rt. Hon. P. G. T Duncan, Capt. J. A. L. Higgs, J. M. C.
Bullard, D. G. Duthie, W. S. Hill, Dr Charles (Luton)
Bullock, Capt. M. Eccles, Rt. Hon. D. M. Hill, Mrs. E. (Wythenshawe)
Hinchingbrooke, Viscount Maitland, Patrick (Lanark) Smiles, Lt.-Col. Sir Walter
Hirst, Geoffrey Manningham-Buller, Sir R. E. Smithers, Peter (Winchester)
Holland-Martin, C. J. Markham, Major S. F. Smithers, Sir Waldron (Orpington)
Holmes, Sir Stanley (Harwich) Marlowe, A. A. H. Smyth, Brig. J. G. (Norwood)
Holt, A. F. Marples, A. E. Snadden, W. McN.
Hope, Lord John Marshall, Douglas (Bodmin) Soames, Capt. C.
Hornsby-Smith, Miss M. P. Marshall, Sidney (Sutton) Spearman, A. C. M.
Horobin, I. M. Maude, Angus Speir, R. M.
Horsbrugh, Rt. Hon. Florence Handling, R. Spence, H. R. (Aberdeenshire, W.)
Howard, Gerald (Cambridgeshire) Maydon, Lt.-Cmdr. S. L. C. Spens, Sir Patrick (Kensington, S.)
Howard, Greville (St. Ives) Medlicott, Brig. F. Stanley, Capt. Hon. Richard
Hudson, Sir Austin (Lewisham, N.) Mellor, Sir John Stevens, G. P.
Hudson, Rt. Hon. Robert (Southport) Molson, A. H. E. Steward, W. A. (Woolwich, W.)
Hudson, W. R. A. (Hull, N.) Monckton, Rt. Hon. Sir Walter Stewart, Henderson (Fife, E.)
Hulbert, Wing Comdr. N. J. Moore, Lt.-Col. Sir Thomas Stoddart-Scott, Col. M.
Hurd, A. R. Morrison, John (Salisbury) Storey, S.
Hutchinson, Geoffrey (Ilford, N.) Nabarro, G. D. N. Strauss, Henry (Norwich, S.)
Hutchison, Lt.-Com. Clark (E'b'rgh W.) Nicholls, Harmar Stuart, Rt. Hon. James (Moray)
Hutchison, James (Scotstoun) Nicholson, G. Studholme, H. G.
Hyde, Lt.-Col. H. M. Nield, Basil (Chester) Summers, G. S.
Hylton-Foster, H. B. H. Noble, Cmdr. A. H. P. Sutcliffe, H.
Jenkins, R. C. D. (Dulwich) Nugent, G. R. H. Taylor, Charles (Eastbourne)
Jennings, R. Nutting, Anthony Taylor, William (Bradford, N.)
Johnson, Eric (Blackley) Oakshott, H. D. Teeling, W.
Johnson, Howard (Kemptown) Odey, G. W Thomas, Rt. Hon. J. P. L. (Hereford)
Jones, A. (Hall Green) O'Neill, Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Antrim, N.) Thomas, P. J. M. (Conway)
Joynson-Hicks, Hon. L. W. Ormsby-Gore, Hon. W. D. Thompson, Kenneth Pugh (Walton)
Kaberry, D. Orr, Capt. L. P. S. Thompson, Lt.-Cdr. R. (Croydon, W.)
Keeling, E. H. Orr-Ewing, Charles Ian (Hendon, N.) Thorneycroft, Rt. Hn. Peter (Monmouth)
Kerr, H. W. (Cambridge) Orr-Ewing, Ian L. (Weston-super-Mare) Thornton-Kemsley, Col. C. N.
Lambert, Hon. G. Partridge, E. Tilney, John
Lambton, Viscount Peake, Rt. Hon. O. Touche, G. C.
Lancaster, Col. C. G. Perkins, W. R. D. Turner, H. F. L.
Langford-Holt, J. A. Peto, Brig. C. H. M. Turton, R. H.
Leather, E. H. C. Peyton, J. O. W. W. Vane, W. M. F.
Legge-Bourke, Maj. E. A. H. Pickthorn, K. W. M. Vaughan-Morgan, J. K.
Legh, P. R. (Petersfield) Pilkington, Capt. R. A Vosper, D. F.
Lennox-Boyd, Rt. Hon. A. T. Powell, J. Enoch Wakefield, Edward (Derbyshire, W.)
Lindsay, Martin Price, Henry (Lewisham, W.) Wakefield, Sir Wavell (Marylebone)
Linstead, H. N. Prior-Palmer, Brig. O. L Walker-Smith, D. C.
Lloyd, Rt. Hn. G. (King's Norton) Profumo, J. D. Ward, Hon. George (Worcester)
Lloyd, Maj. Guy (Renfrew, E.) Raikes, H. V. Ward, Miss I. (Tynemouth)
Lockwood, Lt.-Col. J. C. Rayner, Brig. R. Waterhouse, Capt. Rt. Hon. C.
Longden, Gilbert (Herts, S. W.) Redmayne, M. Watkinson, H. A.
Low, A. R. W. Remnant, Hon. P. Webbe, Sir H. (London & Westminster)
Roberts, Maj. Peter (Heeley) Wellwood, W.
Lucas, Sir Jocelyn (Portsmouth, S.) Robinson, Roland (Blackpool, S.) White, Baker (Canterbury)
Lucas, P. B. (Brentford) Robson-Brown, W. Williams, Charles (Torquay)
Lucas-Tooth, Sir Hugh Rodgers, John (Sevenoaks) Williams, Gerald (Tonbridge)
McAdden, S. J. Roper, Sir Harold Williams, Sir Herbert (Croydon, E.)
McCallum, Major D. Ropner, Col. L. Williams, R. Dudley (Exeter)
McCorquodale, Rt. Hon. M. S. Russell, R. S. Wills, G.
Macdonald, Sir Peter (I. of Wight) Ryder, Capt. R. E. D. Wilson, Geoffrey (Truro)
McKibbin, A. J. Sandys, Rt. Hon. D. Wood, Hon. R.
McKie, J. H. (Galloway) Savory, Prof. D. L. York, C.
Maclay, Hon. John Schofield, Lt.-Col. W. (Rochdale)
MacLeod, John (Ross and Cromarty) Scott, R. Donald TELLERS FOR THE AYES:
Macmillan, Rt. Hon. Harold (Bromley) Scott-Miller, Cmdr. R Brigadier Mackeson and
Macpherson, Maj. Niall (Dumfries) Shepherd, William Mr. Butcher.
Maitland, Comdr. J. F. W. (Horncastle) Simon, J. E. S. (Middlesbrough, W.)
Acland, Sir Richard Blenkinsop, A. Cocks, F. S.
Adams, Richard Blyton, W. R. Coldrick, W.
Albu, A. H. Boardman, H. Collick, P. H.
Allen, Arthur (Bosworth) Bottomley, A. G. Corbet, Mrs. Freda
Anderson, Frank (Whitehaven) Bowden, H. W. Craddock, George (Bradford, S.)
Attlee, Rt. Hon. C. R. Bowles, F. G. Crosland, C. A. R.
Awbery, S. S. Braddock, Mrs. Elizabeth Grossman, R. H. S.
Ayles, W. H. Brockway, A. F. Cullen, Mrs. A.
Bacon, Miss Alice Brook, Dryden (Halifax) Daines, P.
Baird, J. Broughton, Dr. A. D. D. Dalton, Rt. Hon. H.
Balfour, A. Brown, Thomas (Ince) Davies, A. Edward (Stoke, N.)
Barnes, Rt. Hon. A. J. Burke, W. A. Davies, Ernest (Enfield, E.)
Bartley, P. Burton, Miss F. E. Davies, Harold (Leek)
Bellenger, Rt. Hon. F. J. Butler, Herbert (Hackney, S.) Davies, Stephen (Merthyr)
Bence, C. R. Callaghan, L. J. Deer, G.
Benn, Wedgwood Carmichael, J. Delargy, H. J.
Benson, G. Castle, Mrs. B. A. Dodds, N. N.
Beswick, F. Champion, A. J. Donnelly, D. L.
Sevan, Rt. Hon. A. (Ebbw Vale) Chapman, W. D. Driberg, T. E. N.
Bing, G. H. C. Chetwynd, G. R. Ede, Rt. Hon. J. C.
Blackburn, F. Clunie, J. Edelman, M.
Edwards, John (Brighouse) Lee, Miss Jennie (Cannock) Ross, William
Edwards Rt. Hon. Ness (Caerphilly) Lever, Harold (Cheetham) Royle, C.
Edwards, W. J. (Stepney) Lever, Leslie (Ardwick) Schofield, S. (Barnsley)
Evans, Albert (Islington, S.W.) Lewis, Arthur Shackleton, E. A. A.
Evans, Edward (Lowestoft) Lindgren, G. S. Shinwell, Rt. Hon. E.
Evans, Stanley (Wednesbury) Lipton, Lt.-Col. M. Short, E. W.
Ewart, R. Longden, Fred (Small Heath) Shurmer, P. L. E.
Fernyhough, E. MacColl, J. E. Silverman, Julius (Erdington)
Field, Capt. W. J. McGovern, J. Silverman, Sydney (Nelson)
Fienburgh, W. McKay, John (Wallsend) Simmons, C. J. (Brierley Hill)
Finch, H. J. McLeavy, F. Slater, J.
Fletcher, Eric (Islington, E.) McNeil, Rt. Hon. H. Smith Ellis (Stoke, S.)
Follick, M. MacPherson, Malcolm (Stirling) Smith, Norman (Nottingham, S.)
Foot, M. M. Mallalieu, E. L. (Brigg) Snow, J. W.
Forman, J. C. Mann, Mrs. Jean Sorenson, R. W.
Fraser, Thomas (Hamilton) Manuel, A. C. Soskice, Rt. Hon. Sir Frank
Freeman, John (Watford) Marquand, Rt. Hon H. A. Sparks, J. A.
Freeman, Peter (Newport) Mayhew, C. P. Steele, T.
Gibson, C. W. Messer, F. Stewart, Michael (Fulham, E.)
Glanville, James Mikardo, Ian Stokes, Rt. Hon. R. R.
Greenwood, Anthony (Rossendale) Mitchison, G. R. Strachey, Rt. Hon. J.
Grey, C. F. Monslow, W. Strauss, Rt. Hon George (Vauxhall)
Griffiths, David (Rother Valley) Moody, A. S. Stross, Dr. Barnett
Griffiths, Rt. Hon. James (Llanelly) Morley, R. Summerskill, Rt. Hon. Edith
Griffiths, William (Exchange) Morris, Percy (Swansea, W.) Swingler, S. T.
Hale, Leslie (Oldham, W.) Morrison, Rt. Hon. H. (Lewisham, S.) Sylvester, G. O.
Hall, Rt. Hon. Glenvil (Colne Valley) Mort, D. L. Taylor, Bernard (Mansfield)
Hall, John (Gateshead, W.) Moyle, A. Taylor, John (West Lothian)
Hamilton, W. W. Mulley, F. W. Taylor, Robert (Morpeth)
Hannan, W. Murray, J. D. Thomas, David (Aberdare)
Hardy, E. A. Nally, W. Thomas, George (Cardiff)
Hargreaves, A. Neal, Harold (Bolsover) Thomas, Ivor Owen (Wrekin)
Hastings, S. Noel-Baker, Rt. Hon. P. J. Thurtle, Ernest
Hayman, F. H. O'Brien, T. Tomney, F.
Henderson, Rt. Hon. A. (Rowley Regis) Oldfield, W. H. Usborne, H. C.
Herbison, Miss M. Oliver, G. H. Wallace, H. W.
Hobson, C. R. Orbach, M. Watkins, T. E.
Holman, P. Oswald, T. Weitzman, D.
Houghton, Douglas Padley, W. E. Wells, William (Walsall)
Hubbard, T. F. Paget, R. T. West, D. G.
Hudson, James (Ealing, N.) Paling, Will T. (Dewsbury) Wheatley, Rt. Hon. John
Hughes Cledwyn (Anglesey) Pannell, Charles White, Mrs. Eirene (E. Flint)
Hughes, Emrys (S. Ayrshire) Pargiter, G. A. White, Henry (Derbyshire, N.E.)
Hughes, Hector (Aberdeen, N.) Parker, J. Wigg, G. E. C.
Hynd, H. (Accrington) Paton, J. Wilcock, Group Capt. C. A. B.
Hynd, J. B. (Attercliffe) Pearson, A. Wilkins, W. A.
Irvine, A. J. (Edge Hill) Peart, T. F. Willey, Frederick (Sunderland, N.)
Irving, W. J. (Wood Green) Plummer, Sir Leslie Willey, Octavius (Cleveland)
Isaacs, Rt. Hon. G. A. Poole, C. C. Williams, David (Neath)
Janner, B. Popplewell, E Williams, Rev. Llewellyn (Abertillery)
Jay, D. P. T. Porter, G. Williams, Rt. Hon. Thomas (Don V'll'y)
Jeger, George (Goole) Price, Joseph T. (Westhoughton) Williams, W. R. (Droylsden)
Jeger, Dr. Santo (St. Pancras, S.) Proctor, W. T. Williams, W. T. (Hammersmith, S.)
Jenkins, R. H. (Stechford) Pryde, D. J. Winterbottom, Ian (Nottingham, C.)
Johnson, James (Rugby) Rankin, John Winterbottom, Richard (Brightside)
Jones, David (Hartlepool) Reeves, J. Woodburn, Rt. Hon. A.
Jones, Frederick Elwyn (West Ham, S.) Reid, Thomas (Swindon) Wyatt, W. L.
Kenyon, C. Reid, William (Camlachie) Yates, V. F.
Key, Rt. Hon. C. W. Rhodes, H. Younger, Rt. Hon. K.
King, Dr. H. M. Robens, Rt. Hon. A.
Kinley, J. Roberts, Albert (Normanton) TELLERS FOR THE NOES:
Lee, Frederick (Newton) Rogers, George (Kensington, N.) Mr. Kenneth Robinson and
Mr. Holmes.

Amendment proposed, to leave out "29th January," and insert "22nd January" instead thereof.—[Mr. H. Morrison.]

Amendment negatived.

Resolved, That this House, at its rising Tomorrow, do adjourn till Tuesday, 29th January.

Mr. Driberg

On a point of order. Since it is now nearly five o'clock, and in view of the fact that today's debate may range over a number of important subjects as well as defence, as has already been shown, may I through you, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, ask the Leader of the House whether the Government propose to suspend the Rule today for at least one or two hours, as they have the right to do?

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

That is not a point of order for me.

Mr. Driberg

May I, through you, ask the Leader of the House whether it is proposed to suspend the Rule today in order to allow more time for these important matters to be debated?

Hon. Members


Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. Buchan-Hepburn.]

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