HC Deb 27 July 1961 vol 645 c769

Motion made, and Question proposed. That the Exchequer Advances (Limit) (No. 2) Order, 1961, dated 24th July, 1961, a copy of which was laid before this House on 25th July, be approved.—[Mr. Barber.]

11.35 p.m.

Mr. John Diamond (Gloucester)

Do I gather that on this Order also we are not to have any explanation? After all, the Chancellor is here on this occasion. Are we not to be told anything about it?

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Barber)

I explained it at considerable length yesterday in my opening remarks in the debate. Indeed, I thought, after explaining it for about ten minutes, that the House got very tired. I should perhaps just say that the reason why I decided that it would be as well to say something about the Order yesterday was that I thought it was right, as there had been a replacement Order, to explain to the House at the first available opportunity exactly why we had taken that particular course. Obviously, it was not for my right hon. and learned Friend, dealing in the context of more general matters, to do that, and I took the first opportunity to explain the Order fully to the House yesterday, as I think the hon. Member knows.

Question put and agreed to.