On the second Sitting Day: Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill; Debate on the Ministry of Works and Buildings.
On the third Sitting Day: Committee and remaining stages of the Consolidated Fund Bill; Debate on Woman-Power.
The Debate on the Concentration of Industry will take place in the near future.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that my right hon. Friend the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) and a number of us in different parts of the House desire to press most earnestly for a Debate on food production in the near future? Will he consider allowing that to take place on the Appropriation Bill, or on some other occasion before Easter?
On a previous occasion the right hon. Gentleman said that he would consider whether the House might sit extra time, or on another day, for a Debate on this question. Has he given the matter such consideration?
Some consideration has been given to that, but it does not appear that the majority of Members of the House find that it would be convenient to sit the extra day at the present time—[Interruption.]—I am endeavouring to find out the opinion of the House, and I am not persuaded at present that it is the general desire of the House. If it should be found necessary for Government Business, of course, it will have to be done.
Is it not evident that the House is the best judge of the feelings of the House, because in this time of emergency the usual channels do not function properly? Why not take a vote or a show of hands or something now? We would soon settle it.