Sittings of the House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

asked the Prime Minister whether he will arrange for Parliament to remain in Session during the present vital period of the war and, instead of adjourning for a Summer Recess, enable the House of Commons to meet for a limited number of days each week in order that Ministers may keep in touch with Members of Parliament and public opinion in the country?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 9th July last in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher).

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

In the light of possible events, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that it would be reassuring to the country if the Ministers responsible for the prosecution of the war were able to keep in the closest touch with the House of Commons? Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that he used to make continual demands for the House to continue its Sittings when the situation was less serious than it is now?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

If the hon. Member will read the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for West Fife, he will see that all those points were dealt with.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is not the hon. Member aware that the world is changing, and so are Members of Parliament?

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the House should be in continuous Session throughout the summer months, even for a few days a week?

Viscountess Astor:

Is it not very important that Members should get down to their constituents?