HL Deb 25 November 1971 vol 325 cc1233-4

7.28 p.m.


My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to make a Business Statement. After consultation through the usual channels, it has been agreed that we should debate the Rhodesian settlement on Wednesday and Thursday of next week, December 1 and 2. This has necessitated some alteration of business, which I should like to set out for your Lordships. First of all, the noble Baroness, Lady Seear, has kindly agreed to postpone her Motion on low income groups until Tuesday, December 7. Secondly, the Committee stage of the Museums and Galleries Bill will be postponed from Thursday, December 2, to Monday, December 6. Thirdly, the noble Lord, Lord Jacques, has agreed to advance his Bill, subject to the approval of the House, to Monday, December 6. Fourthly, the noble Baroness, Lady Phillips, has agreed to postpone her Unstarred Question on the chronically sick and disabled persons from Tuesday, December 7, to Wednesday. December 8. My noble friend Lord Sandford will, subject to the approval of the House, advance the Committee stage of the Field Monuments Bill from Thursday, December 2. to Tuesday, November 30. The Unstarred Question of my noble friend Lord Ferrier on roads round historic towns will now be taken on Thursday, December 2, instead of Wednesday December 1.

My Lords, I hope that these arrangements will be acceptable to your Lordships. Although there are not many of your Lordships in the Chamber at this moment, I hope that some may read these remarks, and might I make a plea that those who wish to speak on Rhodesia should record their names as soon as possible.


My Lords, may I express appreciation of the courtesy of the Government Chief Whip for giving this advance notice of these changes.