HC Deb 12 November 1953 vol 520 cc1142-3
Mr. Attlee

May I ask the Lord Privy Seal, on the assumption that the Government are staying in office, what is the business for next week?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crookshank)

The right hon. Gentleman's assumption is correct. The business for next week will be as follows:

MONDAY, 16TH NOVEMBER—The Government have agreed to afford an opportunity for a debate on the Opposition Motion relating to National Service which will be tabled today.

TUESDAY, 17TH NOVEMBER—In view of the arrangement which has been made in regard to Monday's debate, the Order relating to the National Service Act, 1948, will be taken after a short debate.

Second Reading: Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves Bill.

Committee stage: Ways and Means Resolution relating to Armed Forces (Housing Loans).

WEDNESDAY, 18TH NOVEMBER—Second Reading: Cotton Bill.

Committee stage: Money Resolution.

Report stage: Ways and Means Resolution relating to Armed Forces (Housing Loans).

THURSDAY, 19TH NOVEMBER—Committee and remaining stages: Public Works Loans Bill; Post Office and Telegraph (Money) Bill; Air Corporations Bill.

FRIDAY, 20TH NOVEMBER—Second Reading: Cinematograph Film Production (Special Loans) Bill.

Committee stage: Money Resolution.

Mr. Lee

On Tuesday last the Leader of the House and the Minister of Food both referred to a Motion standing on the Order Paper relating to food subsidies, so it is obvious that the Government attach importance to it. Could the right hon. Gentleman tell us the date on which the Government popose to accept the challenge in this Motion?

Mr. Crookshank

No, Sir. We had a challenge on food prices on Tuesday of this week. That settles it.

Mr. Fernyhough

In view of the importance of the subject to thousands of young men in this country, and the number of hon. Members who will want to take part in Monday's debate, will the Leader of the House consider extending the time?

Mr. Crookshank

I have not heard that suggested through the usual channels.

Mr. Fenner Brockway

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is not in the Vote Office a copy of the Order in Council on the suspension of the Constitution in British Guiana, which was laid on the Table on 5th November? Will be see that the Order in Council is available for Members at the earliest possible moment?

Mr. Crookshank

I will certainly make inquiries.