Motion made, and Question proposed,
That, notwithstanding the practice of the House, notices of Amendments to the Finance (No. 2) Bill as amended in Committee, or of new Clauses or new Schedules, to be proposed on consideration of the Bill, may be received before the Bill has been reported.—[Mr. Callaghan.]
§ 11.22 p.m.
§ Mr. Edward Heath (Bexley)
If I understand the position rightly, I think that this Motion arises out of the arrangement which the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been kind enough to make for the reprinting—
§ Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Dr. Horace King)
Order. The Motion before the House is not exempted business. If the right hon. Gentleman wishes to debate it it must be put down for another day. He would, however, be in order in asking a question.
§ Mr. Heath
Thank you, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. Do I understand correctly that this arises from the reprinting of the first three Parts of the Bill and that it will enable us to put down new Clauses or Amendments or new Schedules? May I presume that this will not in any way curtail the normal period that we may expect between the end of the Committee stage and the beginning of the Report stage?
§ The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. James Callaghan)
Yes, Sir. I am obliged to the right hon. Member for Bexley (Mr. Heath) for making the suggestion, which had not occurred to me, that we might reprint these early Parts of the Bill. May I also express the thanks of both sides of the House to the authorities of the House for facilitating this possibility? It will now be possible to reprint them immediately after Whitsun.
The only difficulty, if it be a real difficulty, is that any new Clauses which affect the first three Parts which might be passed at the end of our consideration of the Bill in Committee will, of course, not be included in the reprint. But this should not be an insuperable problem, and we shall, I think, find our work 2125 much facilitated. I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his proposal, which this Motion will put into effect.
§ Question put and agreed to.