§ Mr. Eden
The Business will be as follows:
First and Second Sitting Days—Committee stage of the Education Bill.
Third Sitting Day—Second Reading of the Income Tax (Offices and Employments) Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Ways and Means Resolution; Second Reading of the House of Commons Disqualification (Temporary Provisions) Bill; and Committee and remaining stages of the Courts (Emergency Powers) (Scotland) Bill [Lords].
Fourth Sitting Day—Committee stage of the Civil Supplementary Estimates; Second Reading of the Public Works Loans Bill and the Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution; and further progress with the Guardianship (Refugee Children) Bill [Lords], and Naval Forces (Extension of Service) Bill [Lords].
§ Mr. Shinwell
Can my right hon. Friend say at this stage what subject is likely to be selected on the Civil Supplementary Estimates on the fourth Sitting Day?
§ Mr. Eden
There are several different Estimates. It is likely, I think, that the Dominions Office Vote may be one of 1411 them. Perhaps hon. Members, after studying the list, will, through the usual channels, consider what subjects are most likely to meet the general wishes. There is a wide selection to choose from but it will, of course, be for the Chair to decide what is in Order.
§ Mr. Pickthorn
Is there any prospect of a Debate on the Motion and Amendment signed by Members of all parties about Regulation 18B?
§ [That this House is of opinion that the time has come for reconsideration of Regulation 18B and of the practicability of bringing to trial those now in detention on the sole responsibility of the Home Secretary.
§ Line 2, leave out from 18B to end, and add "so that, with a view to removing all questions of detention or release out of the arena of political controversy and relieving the Home Secretary of sole responsibility therefor, a judicial tribunal may be provided to determine what are the facts and whether on these facts there is reasonable cause to believe that such detention is necessary."]
§ Mr. Moelwyn Hughes
Is it intended to extend the Sittings of the House on the first two Sitting Days in order that some material progress might be made with the considerable number of Amendments to the Education Bill that are down on the Order Paper?
§ Commander King-Hall
Will the Government spare a short time to discuss the 1412 Motion standing in my name and those of 248 of my hon. Friends on the supply of copies of Hansard to the libraries of the Armed Forces?
§ [That, in the opinion of this House, copies of Hansard should be provided at the public expense to Navy, Army and Air Force libraries, information centres and news rooms.]
§ Commander King-Hall
If another 59 Members put their names to this Motion, so that it obtains a majority of the House, will the Government accept it as an affirmative Resolution?
§ Sir H. Williams
When will the Motion be taken to approve the British Guiana Constitution (Amendment) Order which was made by the Privy Concil on 11th March last and published to this House only two days ago?
§ Commander Sir Archibald Southby
In view of the fact that the principle of delegated legislation is running through many of the Bills we are now discussing, will the Government consider giving time to a Motion on the Order Paper on the subject in the name of the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne), as it is desirable to have a Debate on the principle at the earliest possible date?
§ [That this House desires the setting up now of a Standing Committee of all parties to examine the delegated legislative powers conferred upon the Executive for war purposes and to report which of these powers should be terminated when hostilities with Germany cease.]1413
§ Mr. Gallacher
Will the Leader of the House consider seriously the necessity of the Prime Minister making a statement on the serious situation that confronts the people of this country in view of the great cynicism that has been aroused as a result of the Prime Minister's intervention in a by-election squabble?
Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite
Will my right hon. Friend, in order to meet a practical difficulty arising out of the war, give rather longer than the normal notice when the various Service Estimates are to be taken, so that Members serving in the Forces may have ample opportunity of being present?
In view of the fact that the Minutes of the Proceedings of this House which I received last week-end stated the day to which the House was adjourned, will the right hon. Gentleman, in future, cease using the words "First, Second and Third Sitting Days"?
§ Mr. Silverman
Has not the situation changed a little since we began sitting on four days a week? Since everybody knows or can guess what are the Sitting Days, what is the point of going on with this mockery of not mentioning the days of the week?
§ Mr. Reakes
Is the right hon. Gentleman now in a position to indicate the probable date of the introduction of the promised Bill dealing with the pensions of State pensioners?
§ Mr. Buchanan
Are the Government seriously going to continue sitting on a fourth day each week when everybody knows that an hour extra on the other 1414 days would save a meeting on the fourth day? It does not redound to the credit of Parliament when there is hardly anybody here, because nobody is taking the fourth day seriously.
§ Mr. Maxton
May I add my voice to that of the hon. Member for Gorbals (Mr. Buchanan)? As a faithful Member of the House I sat through the Sitting on the fourth Sitting Day of the last series, and there was a very select company. Some compression would have been possible. I think that if we were to have Questions on that day, it would, at least, give the majority of Members something to come for.
§ Mr. Eden
I, naturally, do not want to ask the House to sit longer than is absolutely necessary, but there is this legislative programme to be put through. I have done my best to meet the wishes of my hon. Friend. I even put Newfoundland on the programme on a fourth day, knowing his interest in that subject. We shall watch the position, but, as far as I can see, no further compression is in our power.
§ Several Hon. Members rose—
§ Mr. Stokes
Will the Leader of the House explain why there is an objection to Questions on the fourth Sitting Day? Formerly we always had them on four days.