HC Deb 06 November 1952 vol 507 cc297-9
Mr. C. R. Attlee

May I ask the Leader of the House to state the business for next week?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crookshank)

Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:

The debate on the Address in reply to the Gracious Speech will be continued on MONDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER, and brought to a conclusion on TUESDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER.

It would be convenient, Mr. Speaker, if you would be good enough to indicate today which Amendment or Amendments to the Address you propose to call and the days upon which they will be taken.


Public Works Loans Bill.

Civil Contingencies Fund Bill.

Expiring Laws Continuance Bill.

Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolutions.


New Valuation Lists (Postponement) Bill.

Motion to approve the Purchase Tax (No. 7) Order relating to parts of and fittings for umbrellas, etc.

FRIDAY, 14TH NOVEMBER—Second Reading:

Colonial Loans Bill.

Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.

Mr. Attlee

May I point out to the right hon. Gentleman, with regard to Thursday's and Friday's business, that we have not yet got these Bills? I understand that they will not be available until Friday. It is very awkward having to discuss Bills at such short notice, because we do not know what their scope will be. If the New Valuation Lists (Postponement) Bill is drawn in very narrow terms, it may be that the debate will be narrow, otherwise it might go wide. If that were not to take a great deal of time, it might be a good afternoon or evening, if we could finish at a reasonable time, on which to take a Prayer on an important Order relating to shops hours.

Mr. Crookshank

Yes, Sir. The Bills will be available tomorrow and their scope is comparatively narrow. We gave notice of them yesterday, on the first possible date, and I do not think that the right hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friends ought to be inconvenienced by that fact.

I shall be very glad to consider the suggestion which the right hon. Gentleman has made about taking a Prayer on Thursday at an early hour after the other business, but it does depend upon the right hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friends facilitating the business we have put down.

Mr. Geoffrey Bing

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman when the Motion dealing with Statutory Instruments will be moved? As the right hon. Gentleman knows, in view of the interest taken by his own party in seeing that there is proper Parliamentary control of these matters, it would be desirable to have some time for the House as a whole to consider this Motion in the name of his hon. Friend the Treasurer of the Household.

Mr. Crookshank

It will be moved tonight.

Mr. Speaker

With regard to the question asked by the Lord Privy Seal, I have considered the Amendments and I propose on Monday to call the Amendment standing in the name of the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition and other right hon. Gentlemen. I think that it might be debated for two days, as its terms are so wide.

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