HL Deb 28 November 1951 vol 174 c545

2.35 p.m.


My Lords, I have a short statement to make on future Business. It has been necessary to rearrange our programme, in view of the fact that we shall not now receive the Home Guard Bill from another place to-night. Instead, I have been told that, to meet your Lordships' convenience, we may expect to receive the Japanese Treaty of Peace Bill and the Public Works (Loans) Bill this evening. Noble Lords opposite have kindly agreed to our taking the Second Reading of the Japanese Peace Treaty Bill, and possibly, also, of the Public Works (Loans) Bill to-morrow (Thursday) afternoon, November 29, when we shall meet at 2.30 p.m. There will be a formal Sitting on Friday, November 30, to receive Bills from another place, and we shall meet on Monday next, December 3, at 4 p.m. to take the Second Reading of the Home Guard Bill and of the Public Works (Loans) Bill, if we have not already dealt with the matter to-morrow, Thursday.


My Lords, I should like to ask a question in reference to the Japanese Peace Treaty Bill. There are certain documents which will be of great interest and importance. There is the mutual agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the United States for Pacific defence, and there are no doubt other documents showing what are the military arrangements between the United States and Japan, made under, I think, Article 8 of the Treaty. Is it possible to have those documents made available to noble Lords before to-morrow?


My Lords, I will see what I can do in that matter.

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