HC Deb 31 March 1955 vol 539 cc554-5
Mr. Attlee

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

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crookshank)

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

MONDAY, 4TH APRIL—Motion to approve the United Kingdom's Accession to the Turco-Iraqi Pact, until about 7 o'clock.

Report and Third Reading: Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Bill.

Second Reading: British Museum Bill.

TUESDAY, 5TH APRIL—Second Reading: Road Traffic Bill [Lords].

Committee stage: Money Resolution.

WEDNESDAY, 6TH APRIL—Second Reading: Rating and Valuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

Committee stage: Money Resolution.

Committee and remaining stages: British Museum Bill.

THURSDAY, 7TH APRIL— It is proposed take Questions Easter Recess to meet at 11 a.m. and until 12 noon.

Adjournment for the until Tuesday, 19th April

Mr. Ellis Smith

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman two questions? First, does he remember that when the Private Member's Bill dealing with air pollution was withdrawn the House agreed to its withdrawal on condition that the Government introduced a Bill this Session? Unless it is introduced in the near future we do not look like getting it in this Parliament. Could he, therefore, give the House any information about the prospects of that Bill?

Secondly, does the Leader of the House agree that the debate on the Economic Survey in past years has been very unsatisfactory and that it has been mixed up with the debate on the Budget? In view of the serious economic position of the country and the need to give further consideration to development, does he not agree that at least two days should be devoted entirely to the Economic Survey?

Mr. Crookshank

The question about air pollution is being dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government and I cannot give the latest information about it. The hon. Gentleman should address himself to my right hon. Friend. I am sure that there is no chance of debates on the Economic Survey next week, but I will take note of what the hon. Gentleman said.

Mr. C. Hughes

Could the right hon. Gentleman say when time is likely to be given to debating the very important Report of the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire on the South Wales ports? Could he further say when time is likely to be given to debate the Motion on the Order Paper in the names of a number of hon. Members from the Principality asking for a Royal Commission to inquire into Welsh administrative affairs?

Mr. Crookshank

There is no chance of a debate about any Royal Commission next week. As for a debate on the harbours and ports of South Wales, it might be possible, perhaps, to bring it within the ambit of a Supply Day, if the hon. Member made representations to his right hon. Friends, or, as far as I know, it is possible that Mr. Speaker might be moved to include it as one of the subjects of the debate for the Easter Adjournment.