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Business of the House.

– in the House of Commons on 4th December 1941.

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Photo of Mr Hastings Lees-Smith Mr Hastings Lees-Smith , Keighley

May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he will state the forthcoming Business of the House?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The Business will be as follows:

First Sitting Day.—We shall ask the House to pass the Arthur Jenkins Indemnity Bill through all its stages. Afterwards, we shall take the Second Reading of the National Service Bill and the Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.

Second and Third Sitting Days.—We must ask the House to take the Committee and remaining stages of the National Service Bill.

It is hoped to complete the Bill on the Third Sitting Day, but, as the House is aware, arrangements can be made to sit on an additional day, if this should be necessary.

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

Does that mean that the suspension of the Standing Order is for the purpose of discussing the Motion on the Order Paper?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The genera. Debate will end at the usual hour.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Is it the intention to extend the Sitting hours for the Committee stage of the National Service Bill?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

We could do that on any day, but let us see how it goes.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

On the first Sitting Day there is likely to be a large number of speakers who will wish to criticise or bless the Bill. Will the Lord Privy Seal bear that in mind?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Will the Lord Privy Seal consider extending the Debate to a second day for the Second Reading of the Bill?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will the Lord Privy Seal also kindly ask Mr. Speaker to give somebody who has not already spoken a chance in the Debate?