Oral Answers to Questions — Questions to Ministers.

– in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Sir Richard Denman Sir Richard Denman , Leeds Central

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give the House an opportunity to express its wishes on the Motion, standing in the name of the hon. Member for Leeds Central, that the second round at Questions should be suspended during the war so as to avoid an undesirable waste of Ministers' time?

[That, with a view to avoiding waste of Ministers' time and to adding to time available for debate, the second time round at Questions be abolished for the period of the war.]

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

My right hon. Friend regrets that he cannot afford a special opportunity at present for a debate on this Motion.

Photo of Sir Richard Denman Sir Richard Denman , Leeds Central

Could not the views of the House be collected through the ordinary channels, seeing that there is involved a real and substantial loss of time to Ministers?

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Is it not desirable to leave to Private Members some of the few rights that still remain in their hands?

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

Has the right hon. Gentleman had any representations concerning this matter made to him by Ministers?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

There is no doubt that the suggestion contained in the Question, if carried out, might be of convenience to Ministers, but the Government would be most reluctant to suggest any curtailment in the time given to Parliamentary Questions.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Is it not a fact that we rarely get through the first round of Questions?