HC Deb 08 July 1964 vol 698 cc410-1
The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)

As the Local Government Burton upon Trent Order has not yet been finally reported on by the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, consideration of it will be postponed.

The business for Thursday and Friday has therefore been rearranged as follows:

THURSDAY, 9TH JULY—Second Reading of the Spray Irrigation (Scotland) Bill [Lords], and Committee stage of the Money Resolution.

Motions on the Roads and Bridges (Scotland) Order, the Cinematograph Films (Distribution of Levy) (Amendment) Regulations, and on the Furniture Industry Development Council (Amendment No. 2) Order.

At seven o'clock, opposed Private Business.

FRIDAY, 10TH JULY—Second Reading of the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Bill [Lords].

Remaining stages of the Zambia Independence Bill.

Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Housing Bill.

Motion on the Goods Vehicles (Keeping of Records) Order.

Mr. Jennings

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that his decision to postpone the consideration of the Burton upon Trent Order will give considerable satisfaction to the county borough? Is he further aware that I am gratified that he accepted my suggestion, last Thursday, that he should inquire further into the advisability and validity of this Order? Can he give me a further assurance that I need not now worry myself with any further objections to the Order within the lifetime of the present Parliament?

Mr. Lloyd

I am gratified that my hon. Friend is gratified, but he should not be too optimistic. The reason why this Order will not be taken this week is that the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments has not yet reported upon it.

Mr. M. Stewart

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that this gratification is shared by my hon. Friends and myself? Does he agree that, in general, in respect of this and other matters much time will be saved if the Government will take the Opposition's advice when it is given instead of waiting a week in each case?

Mr. Lloyd

I hope that the Opposition will always agree that it would be wrong to debate an Order before the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments has reported on it.