§ THE MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO (LORD CHAMPION)
My Lords, at a suitable moment after 3.30 p.m. my noble friend Lord Longford will be making a Statement on the terms of reference and names of the members of the Royal Commissions on Local Government Reorganisation in England and Scotland.
Perhaps it would be for the convenience of the House if I were to make a short statement about our future Business. Following the representations made in the House yesterday, discussions have been held, and it is hoped that the House will agree to take the debate on the humble Address in reply to the Queen's Message on the Proclamation of Emergency as the first main Business on Thursday afternoon. It has been agreed through the usual channels that the House will meet at 2.30 p.m. on that day in order to allow more time for the discussion of that Business. Perhaps it will also be for the convenience of the House if I inform your Lordships that it is hoped that the debate on the Second Reading of the Transport Finances Bill will take place on Thursday, May 26, and that the remaining stages should follow on the same day.