HC Deb 10 February 1955 vol 536 cc2062-3
Mr. Attlee

May I ask the Lord Privy Seal 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:

MONDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY—Second Reading: Fisheries Bill.

Committee stage: Money Resolution.

TUESDAY, 15TH FEBRUARY—Second Reading: Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill.

Committee stage: Money Resolution.

WEDNESDAY, 16TH FEBRUARY—Supply [1st Allotted Day]: Committee stage: Civil Supplementary Estimates, beginning with:

Class V, Votes 5 and 11: National Health Service, England and Wales, and Scotland.

Class VI, Vote 1: Board of Trade.

Class II, Vote 9: Colonial Services; and Vote 4: United Nations.

Class III, Vote 10: Legal Aid Fund.

THURSDAY, 17TH FEBRUARY—It is hoped to complete the Committee stage of the Army Bill; and take the Committee stage of the Air Force Bill; and the Revision of the Army and Air Force Acts (Transitional Provisions) Bill; also the Committee and remaining stages of the Northern Ireland Bill.

FRIDAY, 18TH FEBRUARY—Private Members' Bills.

Mr. Attlee

Has the right hon. Gentleman given consideration to providing a day for discussion of the Council of Europe and the Schuman Plan?

Mr. Crookshank

The right hon. Gentleman knows that if there is a desire for a debate before the time of ratification the Government will take it into consideration. I hope, therefore, that it may be discussed through the usual channels.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Has the Leader of the House seen a Motion on the Order Paper relating to the reduction of duty on petrol, which has been signed by many Members of all parties? If time cannot be found for a discussion upon it next week will the right hon. Gentleman find time the week afterwards? It would save a lot of time on the Finance Bill if he would do so.

Mr. Crookshank

I would be very surprised if a debate on the subject at any time saved time on another occasion.

Mr. Gordon Walker

Can we expect time to be provided in the near future for a debate on the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' meetings?

Mr. Crookshank

No, Sir. I do not think that the usual practice is to debate such a conference. The communiqué on the subject is very full, and I assume that hon. and right hon. Gentlemen will have studied it.

Mr. Gordon Walker

That is why I asked my question.