HL Deb 21 April 1953 vol 181 cc985-6

2.36 p.m.


My Lords, before we proceed to the Business of the day, I think it may be convenient if I say a word about our future Business. Last night, in moving the Adjournment of the House, I suggested to your Lordships that we should continue to-day rather later than we had yesterday with a view to making progress with the Committee stage of the Iron and Steel Bill. But I have made inquiries since then, and my strong impression is that it would be much more convenient for noble Lords in all parts of the House if we did not do that, and if we adjourned at about seven o'clock, the same time as last night. That, of course, may well entail continuing to-morrow, but in that case I am quite certain that the House will be willing to take for that purpose whatever time is necessary. One might hope, in any case, that we could finish our discussion on this Bill by 4.30 p.m. to-morrow, at the latest, and then we should be able to devote our attention to the Motion on Nursing Services which stands in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Crook. I may say that I understand that the noble Lord, Lord Crook, has kindly consented to give way so that we can take the Iron and Steel Bill first, though I fear that it puts him to considerable inconvenience, as he has to leave the House at 6.30 o'clock on account of other engagements that he already has. I hope, therefore, that whatever noble Lords may feel like doing today, they will make their remarks extremely brief to-morrow.


My Lords, we will certainly do what we can to help. Having every reason for bearing in mind the posi- tion of my noble friend Lord Crook, I have no doubt that we shall be able to accommodate him.

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