HC Deb 02 July 1953 vol 517 cc591-3
Mr. Attlee

May I ask the Leader of the House whether he will state the business for next week?

Mr. Crookshank

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

MONDAY, 6TH JULY—Supply [19th allotted Day]:—Committee.

Debate on Report of the Committee on Cadet entry into Dartmouth Naval College (Cmd. 8845) until 7 o'clock.

Afterwards, a debate on Extended Benefit under Section 62 of the National Insurance Act, which will arise on an Opposition Motion.

TUESDAY, 7TH JULY—Report stage: Finance Bill.

Motion relating to: Double Taxation Relief (Belgium) Order.

WEDNESDAY, 8TH JULY—We hope to complete the Report stage of the Finance Bill at about dinner time; and then consider the Motions relating to:

Transfer of Functions (Ministry of Civil Aviation) Order.

The Hartlepool Corporation Act, 1925, Modification Order.

THURSDAY, 9TH JULY—Report and Third Reading: Valuation for Rating Bill.

Concluding stages: New Towns Bill.

Motions relating to:

Draft Ploughing Grants Scheme, and a similar Scheme for Scotland.

Representation of the People Regulations, and similar Regulations for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

FRIDAY, 10TH JULY—Committee and remaining stages: Marshall Aid Commemoration Bill.

Second Reading: Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission Bill.

Committee stage: Money resolution.

Report and Third Reading: Therapeutic Substances (Prevention of Misuse) Bill [Lords].

Mr. Ernest Davies

Will the Leader of the Opposition—[Laughter.] I apologise for anticipating future events; will the Leader of the House give an undertaking that there will be a debate on the British Transport Commission's Report before we adjourn for the Summer Recess.

Mr. Crookshank

No, Sir. I cannot promise that there will be a debate on that subject, at least as far as I am concerned, before the Summer Recess, but perhaps a discussion can take place through the usual channels to see whether some arrangements can be made.

Mr. Davies

Does not the Leader of the House appreciate the desirability of having such a debate, in view of the fact that this Report becomes very quickly out of date? Further, in view of the report on the Harrow disaster, is it not very desirable to have a discussion on transport?

Mr. Crookshank

That is why I suggested that perhaps we could see whether some arrangement could be reached.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Since the Government have promised three Government days for such discussions, is it not reasonable to have one before the end of July?

Mr. Crookshank

It depends on whether there is time available and, as I have indicated, we are already very short of Government time, as is always the case at this time of the year. That is why I suggested—and perhaps the House will leave it at that—that we should see whether we can make some arrangement.

Mr. Anthony Greenwood

May I ask two questions? First, do the Government propose in the near future to make time available for discussing the Annual Report of the Colonial Office? Secondly, will the right hon. Gentleman provide an opportunity in the near future for discussing the Motion on the legal definition of insanity which is on the Order Paper in the names of hon. Members on both sides of the House?

Mr. Crookshank

No, Sir. In reply to the second point I can hold out no hope of time and, as for the first point, I should have thought that that was a matter which could well arise on a Supply Day.

Mr. Osborne

Is there any chance of finding time to debate the coal situation and the Coal Board's Report, in view of the fact that many people in the industry fear that there will be a fuel crisis this coining winter?

Mr. Crookshank

I said the other day that that should be considered in due course, but I can say no more at present.

Mr. Driberg

As the Government are so short of time before the end of July, will the right hon. Gentleman say whether it is correct that the Government propose to ask Parliament to adjourn rather earlier than usual?

Mr. Crookshank

I do not know what is "earlier than usual," and I am not in a position to give a date today.