§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. R. A. Butler)
With permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a short business statement.
The House was informed last night that the Republic of South Africa (Temporary Provisions) Bill would be put down as second Order today. We thought that this was the best course to take until we could measure the likely time which the proceedings on the first business today, which is the Army and Air Force Bill, would take.
1133 A number of Amendments have been tabled to the Army and Air Force Bill and the Government have decided not to take the Republic of South Africa (Temporary Provisions) Bill tonight, but to put it down as first Order tomorrow in view of its urgency. Afterwards, we shall proceed with the business previously announced.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
We are glad that the Government have taken this step. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, however, that in our opinion the further stages of the Republic of South Africa (Temporary Provisions) Bill will require a full day's debate?