§ The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Fred Peart)
Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the business which we shall ask the House to complete before Dissolution.
§ As the Order Paper shows, today the House is being invited to dispose of essential Supply; to consider Lords Amendments to three Bills—Merchant Shipping, Local Authorities (Goods and Services) and Building (Scotland); to take the stages of the Republic of The Gambia Bill [Lords]; and to approve some procedural Motions.
§ Lords Amendments to the following Bills: Agriculture, Equal Pay (No. 2), Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons, Local Authority and Social Services, and Trees.
§ Motion to approve the Supplementary Benefits Regulations.
§ Motions on the Election (Welsh Forms) (No. 5) Regulations and on the Apple and Pear Delevolpment Council (Amendment) Order.
§ FRIDAY, 29TH MAY—after Royal Assent has been given to Bills agreed to by both Houses—it is expected that Parliament will be prorogued.
§ During this week it may be necessary to ask the House to consider other business of an urgent character.
§ Mr. Lubbock
Is the Leader of the House aware that it is a great pity that time has not been found this week to complete the remaining stages of the Atomic Energy Bill, which sets up the Nuclear Fuel Company and the Radiochemical Company? Great disappointment will be felt in the Atomic Energy Authority about the delay.
§ Mr. Lomas
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Government's decision to allow time for the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Bill, introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Arthur Morris), is warmly welcomed on this side of the House, if not on the benches opposite? Can he give a firm assurance that this Bill will reach the Statute Book before the Prorogation of Parliament?
§ Mr. Peart
I know that many hon. Members on both sides of the House have given my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Arthur Morris), my Parliamentary Private Secretary, considerable support, and I am very glad that his Bill has been included in the programme. It is a very important Bill, and I congratulate my Parliamentary Private Secretary on it.
§ Lord Balniel
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we appreciate his making it clear that the Bill went through both Houses of Parliament with the full support of both sides?
§ Mr. Winnick
Will the Labour Government give time for a debate on the sickening Tory hypocrisy onapartheidsport when we come back on 2nd July? Would my right hon. Friend agree that this would be an appropriate subject on which to expose the Tories' complete lack of concern over racial prejudice?
§ Mr. Marten
Did I hear the Leader of the House say that the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill would be taken formally? Should it not be debated so as to give back-bench Members an opportunity to raise matters of fundamental constitutional importance, such as the use of public money by the European Movement to intervene in the General Election on behalf of the Common Market?
§ Mr. Shinwellrose—
§ Hon. Members: Hear, hear.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Does my right hon. Friend intend to take the Third Reading of the Merchant Shipping Bill formally in view of the Amendments to the Lords Amendments? If it is intended to provide time for a short debate, can my right hon. Friend say at what time it will be taken and assure us that it will not be taken in the middle of the night?
§ Mr. Donnelly
I did not quite understand what the Leader of the House said about the Consolidated Fund Bill. Did he say that he hoped it would be taken formally, or that it would be taken formally?
§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
Further to the request of the hon. Member for Croydon, South (Mr. Winnick) for a debate on the Home Secretary's surrender to blackmail and the forces of disorder, will the Home Secretary make a statement to the House on that matter, or are we to understand that all future questions on law and order should be addressed not to the Home Secretary, but to Mr. Peter Hain?
§ Mr. Jay
Further to the question asked by the hon. Member for Banbury (Mr. Marten), should not the Foreign Secretary be given a chance to explain why he is continuing to use public money to subsidise an organisation which has announced its intention of joining activity in the General Election campaign, namely, the European Movement?
§ Mr. Maudling
The right hon. Gentleman spoke of the possibility of other urgent business being taken? Could he tell us what he has in mind? Are any announcements to be made, for example, or is he afraid of being blown off course?
§ Mr. Dickens
May we expect a statement this week from the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity about references to the National Board for Prices and Incomes on the totally unjustifiable increases in the price of food, and the steep increase in fares in London which has been condoned by the Conservative-controlled Greater London Council?
Are we to have a statement from the Prime Minister on the withholding of the report on doctors' pay?