HL Deb 09 July 1947 vol 150 cc394-6

My Lords, it appears likely that we shall complete the Report stage of this Bill to-morrow, and, having regard to the possibility of finishing unexpectedly, I would also like to ask whether noble Lords opposite would agree to transfer the Committee stage of the Fire Services Bill from Friday to to-morrow, and thus avoid a Friday sitting.


My Lords, I think all those are excellent suggestions. We have made extremely good progress to-day. It just shows how well we can do the work when both sides are reasonable, and I think we ought to finish this Report stage to-morrow. There are two or three big questions to arise, but we shall not waste time on them, and it would be altogether admirable to avoid a Friday sitting. I do not know who is leading this side of the House on the Fire Services Bill, but I shall be in my place at the appropriate time to-morrow.


My Lords, having regard to other possible engagements elsewhere I am also going to suggest that we might adjourn at about 4 o'clock tomorrow and resume about 6 o'clock. I make that suggestion in the hope that the House will do its best to expedite the busi- ness, and so protect me from the wrath of my Leader should the programme not be carried out.