HC Deb 19 July 1982 vol 28 c185
The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. John Biffen)

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

The business later today following the Standing Order No. 9 debate on the National Health Service pay dispute will now be as follows—Debate on motions on industrial training boards followed by a debate on the motions on social security benefits up-rating orders.

Afterwards, there will be a debate on the motion on the rate support grant reduction (Stirling district) 1982–83 and on the motion on the European Community document 6168/82 on revenue duty on traditional rum.

Consideration of proceedings on the remaining stages of the Administration of Justice Bill [Lords] will be postponed until a future occasion.

Dr. J. Dickson Mabon (Greenock and Port Glasgow)

With reference to the rate support grant Stirling order and the European Community document, will the order and the document be taken together as a one-and-a-half-hour debate or will they be taken separately as two one-and-a-half-hour debates? What is the sequence?

Mr. Biffen

The connection between Stirling and rum is not so compelling to set aside the traditional practice of one-and-a-half-hours' debate on each.

Mr. A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Does the Leader of the House envisage that the Administration of Justice Bill [Lords] will be taken before the recess? What about the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill [Lords], which was put down for the same week?

Mr. Biffen

That will depend upon the progress of Government business.