HC Deb 07 June 1976 vol 912 cc1155-6

Lords amendments considered.

Mr. Alick Buchanan-Smith (North Angus and Mearns)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is late and we have dealt with an important piece of Scottish legislation, discussion of which was not started until 11 o'clock. We are now moving towards two other important Bills—the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill and the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Bill—one of which involves 11 Lords amendments. Is it in the best interests of good legislation to continue our proceedings at this late hour?

The Leader of the House was in the Chamber earlier and I hope that he is still in the building. Perhaps he can guide us. There is plenty of time for these debates later in the week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, when there might be more time. If the Leader of the House is not here, perhaps the Government Chief Whip might advise the House on the Government's intentions for the progress of business tonight.

Mr. George Younger (Ayr)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is important for those hon. Members who have to plan what to say about the amendments to know whether tonight's business is to go ahead. May the House have guidance? It is most inconvenient not to know what is to happen.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Oscar Murton)

Order. These are not matters for the Chair.

Mr. Teddy Taylor (Glasgow, Cathcart)

On a point of Order Mr. Deputy Speaker. Would you be prepared to accept a motion to adjourn the debate?

Mr. Deputy Speaker


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