§ 3.38 p.m.
§ VISCOUNT ALEXANDER OF HILLSBOROUGH
My Lords, before we go to next Business, might we not see whether we can get a better arrangement to prevent injustice to the House of Peers? Noble Lords should not have to wait for so long for Questions which have been put on the Paper. I am not at all blaming the length of the debate upon what is a very important matter, but it is a question of the Order of Business. Some people have other things to do and they have put down their Questions in the hope of getting them answered at the proper time. I would ask the noble Viscount the Leader of the House to consider that on future occasions.
§ THE LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL AND MINISTER FOR SCIENCE (VISCOUNT HAILSHAM)
My Lords, I certainly will. I do not think I could do something without some alteration in the Order of Business of the House. Perhaps if the noble Viscount could get in touch with us through the usual channels we could do something. I think it is laid down by Standing Orders.
§ EARL WINTERTON
My Lords, might it not be possible for those noble and learned Lords who have made the speeches we have listened to with great interest, but which were somewhat lengthy, privately to inform the noble Viscount the Leader of the House when they propose to speak in this way in future?
§ VISCOUNT HAILSHAM
Of course, that is always welcome, if we can have from noble Lords any information of when they are going to speak and what they are going to speak about.