HC Deb 25 March 1964 vol 692 cc469-70
Mr. H. Wilson

May I ask the Leader of the House whether he will state the business of the House for the first week after the Adjournment?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)

Yes, Sir. The business for the first week after the Adjournment will be as follows:

TUESDAY, 7TH APRIL—Remaining stages of the Police Bill, the Continental Shelf Bill [Lords], and the Tenancy of Shops (Scotland) Bill, and, if there is time, the Income Tax Management Bill and the Emergency Powers Bill.

WEDNESDAY, 8TH APRIL—Committee stage of the Resale Prices Bill.

THURSDAY, 9TH APRIL—Housing Bill: Progress with the remaining stages.

FRIDAY, 10TH APRIL—Private Members' Bills.

Mr. Jay

While welcoming the return of the Leader of the House after his disappearance last night, may I express to him our thanks for affording us the opportunity this side of the Easter Recess to put down a number of important new Amendments to the Resale Prices Bill?

Mr. Lloyd

I am not sure whether I would be in order on commenting on the first part of that question, but I heard a good deal more of the debate than did either the Leader or the Deputy-Leader of the Opposition.

Mr. M. Stewart

Will the Leader of the House say whether the Government will find time for a debate on the South-East Study?

Mr. Lloyd

Certainly not the week after we come back.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Will the Prime Minister give consideration to the proposal that the proceedings of the Committee of Privileges should be televised?

Sir C. Nicholson

Has my right hon. and learned Friend any news now about the question of Statutory Instruments?

Mr. Lloyd

Not today.

Mr. Lipton

So that the matter may be disposed of as quickly as possible, will the Leader of the House say whether the Committee of Privileges proposes to sit during the Easter Recess, so that the House may have its report as soon as possible?

Mr. Lloyd

It is not for me to say what the Committee of Privileges will do. In fact, a meeting of the Committee is being held at four o'clock this afternoon.

Mr. Prentice

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say when we shall have a debate on the Government White Paper on the Compensation for Victims of Crimes of Violence? Is he aware that those who have been trying to legislate on this subject for four and a half years wish to congratulate the Government on their belated conversion to our idea?

Mr. Lloyd

I am aware of the fact that the House may wish to have a debate on this matter, and I will consider it.

Mr. Woodburn

The Leader of the House usually intimates the provisional business for the Monday of the week following that in respect of which he announces business. Is he likely to do that today, or is he departing from that procedure?

Mr. Lloyd

I thought that the business for Monday, 13th April, seemed quite a long way off.

Mr. Fernyhough

Having regard to the fact that only limited progress has been made with the Resale Prices Bill, and that only one day of the week when we come back will be devoted to it, is this a sign of the Government's intention to drop it?

Mr. Lloyd

No. Today will be devoted to the Bill, and I expect rapid progess.