HC Deb 28 February 1966 vol 725 cc1029-30

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Gourlay.]

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Bowden)

With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a business statement.

In view of the announcement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister earlier this evening the business for the remainder of the Session has been rearranged as follows:

WEDNESDAY, 2ND MARCH—Supply [8th Allotted Day]: Committee.

Defence Vote on Account, Votes A, Civil Vote on Account, 1966–67.

THURSDAY, 3RD MARCH—Supply [9th Allotted Day]: Committee.

At 9.30 p.m. the Questions will be put from the Chair on the Vote under discussion, and on all outstanding Votes, under Standing Order No. 18.

A Motion will be moved tomorrow, Tuesday, to give precedence to Government business on Friday, 4th March. I regret the necessity to ask Members to give up this occasion.

If the Motion is agreed to, the business on Friday, 4th March, will be:

Remaining stages of the Commonwealth Secretariat Bill [Lords].

Motions on the Post Office, the Farmers' Machinery Syndicates Grants and Tay Road Bridge Orders, the Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations, and on the Payments in Aid of Agricultural Schemes Order.

The business for the following week will be:

MONDAY, 7TH MARCH—Supply [10th Allotted Day]: Report.

At 9.30 p.m. the Questions will be put from the Chair on the Vote under discussion, and on all outstanding Votes, under Standing Order No. 18.

TUESDAY, 8TH MARCH—Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.

WEDNESDAY, 9TH MARCH—Remaining stages of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.

THURSDAY, 10TH MARCH—There will be a Royal Commission for the approval of Bills, followed by Prorogation.

As the House may know, the New Parliament will meet on Monday, 18th April, for the election of Mr. Speaker and on 19th and 20th April for Members to be sworn in.

The State Opening of Parliament will be on Thursday, 21st April.

Sir H. Legge-Bourke

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, in this rearrangement of business, the Government are proposing to make a statement on the Annual Price Review for agriculture before Dissolution? If this is done before Dissolution, as I hope, will he make sure that the statement will not be made on Friday?

Mr. Bowden

I answered that question on Thursday of last week, when I said that the Price Review is usually made in mid-March. I have no reason to think that it will be anything different on this occasion.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

As this statement involves the dropping of the Building Control Bill, will the right hon. Gentleman say whether the Minister of Public Building and Works will be making a statement about the operation of the control by way of advance permits, which he is at present operating on the basis that the Bill will become law in this Parliament? In view of the great importance of this matter outside, will he secure that a statement is made at the earliest possible moment?

Mr. Bowden

I shall certainly refer this matter to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Public Building and Works, but I think that I am right in saying that the Orders are made under the statement issued by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mr. Harry Gourlay (Kirkcaldy Burghs)

I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.