HC Deb 16 February 1956 vol 548 c2656

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.— [Mr. Barber.]

10.25 p.m.

Mr. Ede

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether, in view of the decisive vote that the House has given after a very full and well-conducted debate, we may take it that the Government will take steps to implement the decision of the House?

The Prime Minister (Sir Anthony Eden)

The right hon. Gentleman can be assured that the Government will give full weight at once to a decision taken by this House on a free vote, but I must add that at the earliest opportunity we will make a considered statement as to the consequences which will flow from that. The House will realise that it will be necessary for us to consider that statement for a day or two. However, I can assure the House that it will be the wish of the Government, this vote having been taken in this way, that there should be no undue delay.