HL Deb 13 July 1954 vol 188 cc921-2

7.20 p.m.


My Lords, I have a statement to make regarding future Business. First of all, I should like to say that it has been arranged through the usual channels that we should, if possible, get to Amendment 88 to-night, but it is not proposed to detain your Lordships until a very late hour. We are sure that the Committee will do its best to your opponent's proposal. I cannot say that. I should feel that it was wrong to insert this Amendment in the Bill. I have told noble Lords very frankly what I think, which is in very close accord with what they think. I really do not want to be asked to put anything more into the Bill.

On Question, Whether the Amendment shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 23; No:-Contents, 60.

co-operate and enable us to reach our target.

It has also been arranged, with the kind consent of the noble Viscount, Lord Hall, that his Motion on the Navy should be postponed until Tuesday, July 27. The reasons are that it is necessary to get the Television Bill through its Committee stage as soon as possible, and it is considered that an important debate like that on the Royal Navy should have the first place on the day on which it stands. I would add that noble Lords opposite have promised that we shall have completed this stage of the Television Bill tomorrow in reasonable time.