§ The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Fred Peart)
Yes, Sir. The business for the first week after the Christmas Adjournment will be as follows:
MONDAY, 20TH JANUARY—Debate on a Motion to consider the Fourth Report from the Select Committee on House of Commons (Services) in Session 1967–68, relating to Whitehall Redevelopment.
Motions relating to Privilege.
Motions on the District Probate Regis tries Order, and the Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules.
TUESDAY, 21ST JANUARY—Second Reading of the Education (Scotland) Bill.
WEDNESDAY, 22ND JANUARY—Second reading of the Immigration Appeals Bill.
Remaining stages of the Foreign Compensation Bill.
THURSDAY, 23RD JANUARY—Second Reading of the Shipbuilding Industry Bill.
Remaining stages of the National Insurance&c, Bill.
FRIDAY, 24TH JANUARY—Private Member's Bills.
§ Mr. Winnick
Do the Motions relating to Privilege, to be debated on the Monday, include the Motion which the Leader of the House has tabled which removes the centuries-old tradition in connection with the Press?
§ [That, notwithstanding the Resolution of the House of 3rd March, 1762, and other such Resolutions, this House will not entertain any complaint of contempt of the House or breach of privilege in respect of the publication of the debates 1573 or proceedings of the House, except when any such debates or proceedings shall have beer conducted with closed doors, or when such publication shall have been expressly prohibited by the House, or in case of wilful misrepresentation in relation to such publication.]
Will the Leader of the House consider having a debate on Nigeria and Biafra very soon after we meet again in January?
§ Mrs. Ewing
Is the Leader of the House able to make a statement on the composition of the Commission on the Constitution and the method of selecting its members? Is he able to say that the terms of reference will not preclude it from considering the option of Dominion status within the Commonwealth?
§ Mr. Whitaker
Can my right hon. Friend say when he will announce any further Specialist Committees?
§ Sir D. Renton
If it is not possible to take the Second Reading of the Horse race Betting Levy Bill at a reasonable time tonight, when will it be taken?
§ Mr. Jennings
The debate on the Report of the Services Committee appears to be on the narrow issue of the White hall building. Will it be possible to deal with other matters coming under the auspices of the Services Committee, affecting the welfare and amenities of the House?
§ Mr. William Hamilton
Will the Motion to set up a Scottish Select Committee, which, of course, will be welcome, be debateable?
Can my right hon. Friend say when the Second Reading of the House of Lords Bill will be and when the Bill will be published?
Will the Leader of the House consider having a debate early in the new year on invisible earnings? We have not yet had an opportunity to discuss invisible earnings and the Report of the Bland Committee, although the other place has?
§ Mr. Blenkinsop
Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that at the earliest possible moment after the House resumes we shall have a debate on what transpires from the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' conference, with particular reference to the subject of Rhodesia and my Motion?
§ [That this Houses welcomes the Commonwealth Prime Ministers to the forthcoming Conference in London and reiterates its belief that, because of the fundamental human rights at stake in Rhodesia and their significance for race relations throughout the world, the Commonwealth leaders should again declare their commitment to the principle of Nibmar.]
§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
The Leader of the House will be aware that the Secretary of State for Scotland has now told local authorities in Scotland to take action which could lead to the with drawing of schooling from thousands of children during the Christmas Recess. Will he therefore ask his right hon. Friend to make a statement in the House tomorrow to tell local authorities what they are to do in this situation?
§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
Further to the point raised by the right hon. and learned Member for Huntingdonshire (Sir D. Renton). As the Horserace Betting Levy Bill is the fifth Order today and is very unlikely to be reached at a reasonable hour, it being only a question of subsidies for the horse-racing fraternity, those who own racehorses, no one is really interested. I believe that it is a conspiracy between the "Wigg" and the Tories—
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. The hon. Member must not drift into the merits of the Bill which we are to debate.
§ Mr. Peart
I hope that my hon. Friend will not cast any aspersions on how this was put on the Order Paper. It is an important matter. After all, the horse-racing community, the betting fraternity, is an important section of the community. We must bear this problem in mind. Let us see how we get on.
§ Mr. Kenneth Lewis
Is the Leader of the House aware that a Bill is coming up after the Christmas Recess with pro posals in it to turn the County of Rutland into a towpath round a lake, because a massive reservoir is to be built? Will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that there is plenty of time to discuss the matter? Will he support it and get his right hon. and hon. Friends to support it, too, because I want to make sure that I am not the first Member of Parliament 1576 to be washed out. We want to keep this reservoir out of Rutland.
§ Mr. Eadie
Further to the point raised by the hon. Member for South Angus (Mr. Bruce-Gardyne). Is the Leader of the House aware that the Opposition could have had an opportunity to get rid of their synthetic indignation about the General Teaching Council in Scotland if they had tabled a Question this week?
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
On the proposal for a Selective Committee on Scottish Affairs, which the right hon. Gentleman has just announced, may I ask whether he can say when it will come before the House and be considered?
§ Mr. Orme
Can the Leader of the House give an assurance that no Orders relating to Prices and Incomes policy will be laid by the Minister during the Recess against the agricultural workers or the tally clerks in London docks? Secondly, did my right hon. Friend say when the Second Reading of the Lords Bill would be taken?