§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ 3.59 p.m.
§ Mr. A. Fenner Brockway (Eton and Slough)
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
I have only about 30 seconds in which to urge that the Bill be given a Second Reading. I have delivered, I think, 12 speeches on the subject in introducing a similar Bill nine times. In the circumstances, therefore, I hope that though the time in which we can discuss it this afternoon is so limited it will still be possible to have a vote upon the issue. I ask that that vote be taken now.
§ Captain L. P. S. Orr (Down, South)
We have seldom listened to the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Brockway) make a speech of such brevity, but I can readily understand his reason for it. However, before we give the Bill a Second Reading, there are many things that I should like to say. I think that it would be a pity if the Bill were to pass, as it were, on the nod, without debate.
This is a Bill of very wide-reaching consequences, and there are many points of view—
§ It being Four o'clock, the debate stood adjourned.
§ Debate to be resumed upon Friday, 12th June.