§ 2.41 p.m.
§ EARL FORTESCUE
My Lords, I have an important statement to make in regard to Business to-morrow. Noble Lords opposite have asked Her Majesty's Government for a further delay in our proceedings on the Civil Defence Bill, which is down for Second Reading to-morrow. My noble friend the Leader of the House has been advised by the Home Secretary, whose Department is responsible for the Bill, that he has no objection to a further postponement until Thursday, July 8, on the understanding that we are able to complete our proceedings on the Bill before we rise for the Summer Recess. Noble Lords opposite have indicated their agreement, to this arrangement. We propose, therefore, with your Lordships agreement, not to have the Second Reading to-morrow and to take it as first Business on Thursday, July 8.