HC Deb 21 January 1942 vol 377 cc348-9
49. Mr. Denman

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give the House an opportunity to express its wishes on the Motion, standing in the name of the hon. Member for Leeds Central, that the second round at Questions should be suspended during the war so as to avoid an undesirable waste of Ministers' time?

[That, with a view to avoiding waste of Ministers' time and to adding to time available for debate, the second time round at Questions be abolished for the period of the war.]

Sir J. Anderson

My right hon. Friend regrets that he cannot afford a special opportunity at present for a debate on this Motion.

Mr. Denman

Could not the views of the House be collected through the ordinary channels, seeing that there is involved a real and substantial loss of time to Ministers?

Mr. Mander

Is it not desirable to leave to Private Members some of the few rights that still remain in their hands?

Mr. Stephen

Has the right hon. Gentleman had any representations concerning this matter made to him by Ministers?

Sir J. Anderson

There is no doubt that the suggestion contained in the Question, if carried out, might be of convenience to Ministers, but the Government would be most reluctant to suggest any curtailment in the time given to Parliamentary Questions.

Mr. Cocks

Is it not a fact that we rarely get through the first round of Questions?