HL Deb 28 April 1971 vol 317 cc1189-90

2.46 p.m.

LORD ALDINGTONrose to call attention to Britain's concern with the progress and prosperity of developing countries, to welcome Her Majesty' s Government' s acceptance of the target of 1 per cent. of gross national product in the flow of resources from public and private sectors together, and to emphasise the complementary role of public aid and investment and private sector investment in achieving this; and to move for Papers. The noble Lord said: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Representations have been made to me by the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Gardiner—both of whom are interested in the next Business on to-day's Order Paper which is expected to be virtually formal—that I should adjourn this debate now to allow the Motion in the Lord Chancellor' s name to be taken immediately. We are to have a substantial debate on overseas aid and I think it may be for the convenience of the House if we could get behind us the appointment of the Tribunal of Inquiry. I am, however, advised that the Lord Chancellor's Motion cannot be taken before the debate on my Motion because of the combined effect of Standing Orders Nos. 35 and 78. It would, nevertheless, be in order for me, having moved the Motion that I have, to ask for the debate on it to be adjourned, and resumed after the Lord Chancellor's Motion has been dealt with. Accordingly, my Lords, I beg to move, That the debate be now adjourned until after the Lord Chancellor's Motion has been disposed of.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.