§ The Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Fred Peart)
Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
§ MONDAY, 15TH JULY—Supply [26th Allotted Day]:
§ Until seven o'clock, there will be a debate on the Future of the Scottish Regiments, which will arise on an Opposition Motion.
§ Afterwards, a debate on the Effect of Selective Employment Tax in Scotland, also on an Opposition Motion.
§ Motion relating to the Southern Rhodesia (United Nations Sanctions) (No. 2) Order.
§ TUESDAY, 16TH JULY—Supply [27th Allotted Day]:
§ Debate on a Motion to take note of the Donovan Report (Command No. 3623).
WEDNESDAY, 17TH JULY—Remaining stages of the Social Work (Scotland) Bill [Lords].
§ Motion relating to the Meat and Livestock Commission Levy Order.
§ THURSDAY, 18TH JULY—Debate on Foreign Affairs, which will arise on a Motion for the Adjournment of the House.
§ Motions relating to the Redundancy Payments Exclusion of Merchant Seamen Order, the Grants for Guarantees of Bank Loans Order, the Field Beans Scheme, and the Small Farm (Business Management) Schemes.
§ Motion relating to the Iron and Steel (Compensation to Employees) Regulations.
§ MONDAY, 22ND JULY—Supply [28th Allotted Day]:
§ Subject for debate to be announced later.
§ Motion relating to the Prices and Incomes (General Considerations) Order.
§ Mr. Heath
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we are giving time for a debate on the Donovan Report because we believe that it is of the utmost im- portance that the House should have an opportunity to express its view before the Government reach their own conclusions and prepare legislation? We therefore want the debate before we rise for the Recess.
Can the right hon. Gentleman now confirm that the Government will give time, which they refused to do for Donovan, for a debate on the White Paper on Defence during the week after next, especially if that is to be the final week before the Recess?
§ Mr. Peart
I shall consider the right hon. Gentleman's request for a debate on the Defence White Paper, and have discussions through the usual channels. I think that we should give time for this debate. The White Paper has been published today. This is a very important matter. I understand the view of the Opposition.
I accept what the right hon. Gentleman said about Donovan. We are grateful that the Opposition have chosen this Report for debate.
§ Mr. Peart
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will be making a statement on disarmament and on the Government's policy. However, as it is on the Adjournment, it is not for me to decide the planning of the debate. This should be left to the House, but I think that my hon. Friend should await my hon. Friend's statement.
§ Mr. Hugh Fraser
Will the right hon. Gentleman give thought to debating some of the Reports from the Estimates Committee, of which there are about 15 outstanding? Only three have been debated. Many hon. Members worked very hard on this Committee and raised important points, but the reports are never debated. How are we to deal with this problem?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Is my right hon. Friend aware that many hon. Members of the Opposition are afraid to come here next week after a statement in the Daily Telegraph, a leading Opposition paper, that their Chief Whip scowled at them and looked as if he was going to grasp them by the throat?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the rebels opposite will be protected next week?
§ Sir C. Osborne
When will we have the long-promised debate on economic affairs—we were promised two days for it—because this is the most vital issue facing the nation?
§ Mr. Blenkinsop
Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that there will be a debate on the important Government White Paper, Old Houses into New Homes? It is vital that we debate this before the House rises.
§ Mr. Carlisle
When will the right hon. Gentleman implement his promise that we would have a debate in Government time on prisons, arising out of the Estimates Committee's Report?
§ Mrs. Lena Jeger
What arrangements is my right hon. Friend making for the 742 further stages of the Divorce Reform Bill, which was given a Second Reading by a large majority, and the Committee stage of which was completed before Whitsun?
§ Mr. Gibson-Watt
Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us why we cannot have a debate on Welsh affairs, preferably next Wednesday? Would not that be preferable to Scottish sewerage?
§ Mr. William Hamilton
Is my right hon. Friend aware that an irresponsible minority of Liberal Members and two Nationalist Members, on Tuesday, prevented the Scottish Grand Committee from debating higher education in the Scottish Grand Committee next week? Will my right hon. Friend reconsider the position with a view to giving us that debate either next week or the week after?
§ Mr. Evelyn King
Is it a fact that the Rhodesia debate on Monday is to be confined to an hour and a half, which will give back benchers scarcely any time to speak? If the right hon. Gentleman should argue that we have discussed this Order already, perhaps I might point out that that is true of all Measures which come back from the other place. That has never been held as a reason for curtailing debate.
§ Mr. Atkinson
Will my right hon. Friend say whether next week's debate on Donovan is the only time which the Government will allocate to take note of the Report? [HON. MEMBERS: "It is Opposition time."] I recognise that. I am asking the Government whether they intend to add to the time given by the Opposition. That is my question.
743 Is it the Government's intention to introduce a White Paper before bringing in legislation? Can my right hon. Friend say whether the expected legislation is to come in a series of parts or is to be taken altogether?
§ Mr. David Steel
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable astonishment in Scotland at the fact that the Opposition have failed to use their second Scottish Supply day to debate the one topic that everybody is discussing, namely, Scottish self-government? Will he say that next Wednesday, either in the Scottish Grand Committee or on the Floor of the House, there will be a debate upon this important subject?
§ Mr. Abse
Will my right hon. Friend clarify his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St. Pancras, South (Mrs. Lena Jeger)? Is he aware that there are 250,000 permanently cohabiting couples whose expectations of marriage and the legitimising of their children depend upon the answer? Since we have had so many talks between the sponsors and the Leader of the House, is it not wrong that these expectations should be cruelly raised again, as they have been on three occasions in the past?
§ Mr. Maclennan
Is my right hon. Friend entirely satisfied that the practice of announcing the subject of Supply debates only four days before the debates occur is satisfactory, especially in view of the capricious and highly selective approach that the Opposition show to 744 important subjects such as the development of the Scottish economy?
§ Mr. R. Carr
Will the Leader of the House ask his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether she will make a statement next week on her action in making such hasty use of the new Prices and Incomes Act in relation to the busmen—especially in view of the fact that this is contrary to the spirit of the assurances given in Committee during our debates on the Bill.
§ Mr. James Hamilton
Will my right hon. Friend give serious thought to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton), who asked whether the question of higher education in Scotland could be given another day? This matter was farcically vetoed because of the irresponsible action of hon. Members opposite. It is very important to the people of Scotland. Will my right hon. Friend reconsider his answer?
§ Mr. Marten
Since the Leader of the House did not tell us that the House is to rise on 28th July, can he say when he will tell us?
§ Dr. David Kerr
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the excellent record of the Labour Government in social administration is in danger of being marred if we do not get further immediate progress on the Divorce Reform Bill? Will he, when he speaks to the sponsors of the Bill remember that not giving time is as much an act of political wisdom or unwisdom as giving time?
§ Mr. David Howell
The Prime Minister said that he would name a Minister who would answer specific questions arising from the implementation of the Fulton Committee's recommendations.
745 Can the Leader of the House find out who it will be?
§ Mr. Frank Allaun
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there will be deep dissatisfaction with the answer that he has given to my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Mr. Blenkinsop) about the debate on the White Paper, Old Houses into New Homes? Will it take place the following week? If not, does not it mean that although we were promised that this White Paper was for discussion purposes we shall have legislation in the autumn with no previous discussion in Parliament having taken place?
§ Sir S. Summers
In view of the fact that the Leader of the House has made no statement about the rising of the House, ought we to assume that it is is expected to sit into August?
§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
Is my right hon. Friend aware that many hon. Members on both sides of the House are disturbed by the fact that we get insufficient time to debate specific issues of foreign affairs? In reference to the debate next week, will he consider having a series of days on foreign affairs as soon as possible? We are debarred from debating many very important issues because there is not enough time.
§ Sir D. Walker-Smith
Will the Leader of the House lend a more sympathetic and attentive ear to the pleas that have been made about a debate on the White Paper, Old Houses Into New Homes? Does he appreciate that many human problems arise out of this, on which the Government should have the benefit of the views of hon. Members before formulating any legislative proposals for the coming Session?
§ Mr. Leadbitter
Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is a considerable time since we discussed the question of shipping and the shipbuilding industry? We are anxious to discuss many outstanding problems. Is my right hon. Friend further aware that a grave situation is developing, especially in the North-East? Can he promise time to debate this important matter?
Mr. Gresham Cooke
In reference to the Reports of the Estimates Committee, does the Leader of the House recall that he gave a firm promise that there would be a day for a debate on the Report on Prisons? Are we likely to have it before the Recess?
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
With reference to the Scottish regiments, does my right hon. Friend realise that his announcement of a debate on Monday will be received with appreciation in Scotland, on the assumption that the result is not a foregone conclusion that the regiments will be disbanded?
§ Mr. Cordle
In view of the situation now prevailing in Nigeria, can the Leader of the House give time for a debate on that country?
§ Mr. James Davidson
On the point just raised, may I ask whether, in view of the imminent disaster in Biafra and the general interest of the House in what is going on there, and especially in the findings of the Hunt mission, the right 747 hon. Gentleman can tell us whether the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs will be making a statement next week?
§ Mrs. Renée Short
Is my right hon. Friend aware that he is being very unhelpful to the Estimates Committee in two ways? Has he forgotten that he or his predecessor originally gave us a whole day for the debate on the Report on Prisons, which we had to give up for the immigration debate? Is he further aware that his refusal to announce the date of the rising of the House makes it extremely difficult for us to plan the final sittings of the Estimates Sub-Committee, as we have witnesses due to appear before the Committee? Will he reconsider his decision and announce a date now, and also tell us when we shall be able to debate the Report?