HC Deb 24 March 1959 vol 602 c1121
45. Mr. Hamilton

asked the Prime Minister whether he will introduce amending legislation to the Parliament Act, 1911, substituting four years for five as the maximum duration of Parliament.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Lord Privy Seal (Mr. R. A. Butler)

I have been asked to reply.

No, Sir.

Mr. Hamilton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that Answer is not very surprising, in view of the recent Gallup Poll results? Nevertheless, would not he agree that five years is a rather long time to keep the British public from expressing an opinion, and will he reconsider the matter?

Mr. Butler

I see no reason to alter one of the fundamentals of the British constitution, as laid down in the 1911 Act, nor do I think that any ephemeral considerations should be brought into account.