Mr. H. Wilson
May I ask the Leader of the House whether he will state the business of the House for next week?
§ The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)
Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
MONDAY, 13TH APRIL.—Housing Bill.
Completion of the remaining stages, which it is hoped to obtain by seven o'clock.
Second Reading of the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Bill.
1211 TUESDAY, 14TH APRIL.—As already announced, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will open his Budget.
WEDNESDAY, 15TH APRIL AND THURSDAY, 16TH APRIL.—The general debate on the Budget Resolutions and the Economic Situation will be continued and be brought to a conclusion on MONDAY, 20TH APRIL.
FRIDAY, 17TH APRIL.—Private Members' Motions.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is the Leader of the House aware that yesterday, on the matter of the American Maritime Commission's intervention as between British shipowners and British shippers, the Minister of Transport informed the House that he would make a statement to the House on the subject?
May I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman when his right hon. Friend will make such a statement and whether he is aware that, after his right hon. Friend yesterday announced that he would make a statement, I received, along with other hon. Members, a full statement on this matter?
Can the Leader of the House explain why his right hon. Friend, who appeared not to have the Answer to some Questions in his possession, merely said that he would make a statement on the assumption that it would be made during the course of next week or some other time in the future, whereas the Answer was conveyed to hon. Members about an hour later?
§ Mr. Shinwell
In view of the fact that in the statement which is in my possession it is stated that a Note has been sent to the United States Government, when will a fuller statement be made to the House?
§ Mr. Lloyd
Speaking from recollection, I think that the right hon. Gentleman has his tense wrong. I thought that my right hon. Friend's answer was that a Note would be—not had been—sent, 1212 but I may be wrong. My recollection was that my right hon. Friend was speaking of the future. I will certainly convey to my right hon. Friend the right hon. Gentleman's views. My right hon. Friend wishes, I think, to make the statement as soon as he can conveniently do so.
§ Mr. W. Yates
My right hon. and learned Friend will, no doubt, have noticed the report of the debate in the United Nations concerning the use of Royal Air Force aircraft in the Yemen without the authority of this House. In view of the fact that 12 Members of Parliament have visited south-west Arabia and that area, will my right hon. and learned Friend arrange for the House to have a debate so that the whole nation can understand what is going on?
§ Mr. Wade
Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say when is it intended that the Committee stage of the Resale Prices Bill should be resumed?
§ Mr. Fernyhough
Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the electors of Devizes, Bury St. Edmunds and Rutherglen have been without representation in the House since January? Can he say whether, next week, it will be the intention of the Government to move to issue the Writs for these by-elections?
§ Mr. Brockway
In view of the likelihood of this Session of Parliament lasting rather longer than many people anticipated and the absence of any constructive legislation to fill that time, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman now agree to give facilities for the Bill against racial discrimination and incitement, which has been introduced on nine occasions over nine years and on which the Government have never allowed facilities for discussion?
§ Mr. Lipton
May we have an assurance from the Leader of the House that it is not the Government's intention to introduce amending legislation to prolong the life of this Parliament beyond next October?
§ Mr. A. Lewis
Reverting to the question raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Jarrow (Mr. Fernyhough), may I ask the Leader of the House to discuss with the Patronage Secretary a change in Monday's business to enable the Patronage Secretary to move the issue of the by-election Writs, as is his duty? Wilt the right hon. and learned Gentleman discuss this matter with his right hon. Friend and afford this opportunity?