HC Deb 15 June 1956 vol 554 cc913-5
Mr. de Freitas

May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he has a statement to make on business?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. R. A. Butler)

Yes, Sir. Arrangements have been made for a debate to take place on Wednesday next on the affairs of the Trinidad Oil Company until 7 p.m., which will arise on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House.

Afterwards, we shall take the Second Reading of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Bill [Lords] and the Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.

The Ten o'clock Rule will be suspended for one hour.

The Report and Third Reading of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Bill, previously announced for Wednesday, will be postponed.

The other business which I announced for next week remains unaltered.

Mr. de Freitas

I should like to thank the Leader of the House on behalf of my hon. and right hon. Friends.

Mr. Clement Davies

The Leader of the House seems to have found time for a discussion on the question of Trinidad oil. Cannot he also find time to debate the Motion in my name referring to Mr. Lang, on a very important matter affecting the liberty of the subject?

[That this House, being gravely concerned both over the efficiency and humanity of the security services in their actions and decisions as evidenced by the case of Mr. Lang, calls upon Her Majesty's Government to review again the machinery for dealing with cases which arise outside the Civil Service and to institute a panel of independent judicial advisers to whom the evidence in such cases can be brought for consideration and advice before action is taken so that, as recommended in the findings of the Conference of Privy Councillors, the public may be convinced that the procedures in force will not be exercised unreasonably.]

Mr. Butler

As I said to the right hon. and learned Gentleman on the last occasion, I sympathise with his desire for a debate but, as he knows, this is a very congested time of year. I am afraid I can give no undertaking that we can find time easily for a debate. That does not mean that I underestimate the interest which the right hon. and learned Gentleman takes in the subject.

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