HC Deb 16 April 1953 vol 514 cc375-6
Mr. H. Morrison

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

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crook-shank)

The business for next week will be as follows:

MONDAY, 20TH APRIL—Conclusion of the general debate on the Budget resolutions.

TUESDAY, 21ST APRIL—Lords Amendments to the Transport Bill.

WEDNESDAY, 22ND APRIL—Report stage of the Budget resolutions.

Motion to commit the University of St. Andrews Bill [Lords] to the Scottish Standing Committee under Standing Order No. 60.

As the House is aware neither of these items of business is debatable under the Standing Orders.

Lords Amendments to the Transport Bill.

THURSDAY, 23RD APRIL—Second Reading: National Insurance Bill.

FRIDAY, 24TH APRIL—Private Members' Bills.

Mr. Morrison

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to take note that we shall be asking for an early date on which to have a general debate on foreign affairs?

Mr. Crookshank

Yes, Sir. The Government will be very pleased for discussions to take place through the usual channels.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Can my right hon. Friend say whether it is proposed to suspend the rule on Tuesday?

Mr. Crookshank

I think that we shall have to do that as a precautionary measure.

Mr. Shinwell

Has not the right hon. Gentleman a remarkable grasp of the obvious?

Mr. A. J. Irvine

With reference to what the right hon. Gentleman has said about a debate on foreign affairs, and having regard to the fact that incomparably the most important event in recent weeks has been the sign of alteration in Soviet policy, will the Government afford two days' debate on this subject, and bear in mind the widespread public disquiet at the apparent lack of response of the Western Powers?

Mr. Crookshank

That is a suggestion which might be discussed through the usual channels, and I think I would rather leave it there at the moment.

Mr. Mellish

Will the right hon. Gentleman take note of the fact that the Report stage on the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill is eagerly awaited by many hon. Members and that three million people are waiting for the Bill to become law? Can he say when the Bill is likely to be discussed?

Mr. Crookshank

I was only asked to state the business for next week. I cannot get the Bill in next week's business, but I am quite aware of its importance.