HL Deb 21 May 1958 vol 209 c547

6.39 p.m.

LORD NATHAN had given Notice of a Motion to call attention to the hospital services; and to move for Papers. The noble Lord said: My Lords, the debate on the Lord Chairman's Motion on Private Bills has, I am afraid, taken far longer than any of us anticipated. It was unfortunate that the approach of the Recess made the collision between my Motion and his inevitable. I am particularly sorry because the distinguished speakers on the list for my Motion this afternoon had encouraged a wide circle to take a special interest in the debate, which it had become an honour to open. However, I make no complaints on my own account; I am too old a hand in Parliament not to accept a disappointment of this kind without any hard feeling. I have consulted my noble friends, and we are agreed that I must ask your Lordships to allow me not to move my Motion this afternoon but to move it at an early day after Whitsun, when I am sure that I can count on the co-operation of what are known as "the usual channels" to clear the course for me on the date we shall agree. I would add that certain consultations have taken place, as a result of which it is hoped that a practicable date may prove to be July 2.