HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 c1522
Mr. C. R. Attlee

May I ask the Leader of the House if he has any statement to make with regard to today's business?

The Minister of Health (Mr. Harry Crookshank)

Yes, Sir. As agreed this morning, we propose to ask the House today to take the following business:

Committee stage of Mr. Speaker Clifton Brown's Retirement Bill.

Committee and remaining stages of:

Public Works Loans Bill.

Japanese Treaty of Peace Bill; and then complete the Committee stage of the Home Guard Bill.

Afterwards, we shall take:

Report stage of outstanding Supplementary Estimates, and the formal Ways and Means Resolution, upon which the Consolidated Fund Bill will be brought in.

There are then the two Motions relating to Reserve and Auxiliary Forces Regulations.

It may be convenient if I state that, as I think the House is aware, we desire to take the Report and Third Reading of the Home Guard Bill after the Second Reading of the Ministers of the Crown (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Bill tomorrow.

Mr. Attlee

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he anticipates having to ask the House to sit very late tonight? He will realise that, when undigested legislation is brought before the House, it sometimes takes a little longer.

Mr. Crookshank

We are moving to suspend the Rule for Government business tonight.

Mr. E. Shinwell

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he recollects that, about 10 o'clock this morning, when we reached agreement that we should proceed with the remainder of the Committee stage of the Home Guard Bill tonight, I warned him that, if we found in the course of our deliberations that we were again plunging into the dark recesses of the night, we might have to make a further submission to him, because we do not desire to have a repetition of what happened last night.