Business of the House.

– in the House of Commons on 18th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

I wish to ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he has any statement to make on the Business of the House for to-day?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

We propose to ask the House to pass the Ministers of the Crown and House of Commons Disqualification Bill through all its stages to-day, in order to clear the way for the Debate on the War Situation in the next series of Sittings, which the House generally desires. The Bill has to be considered in another place and must become law early in March. I hope this proposal will be agreeable to the House. We also propose to take the remaining stages of the Securities (Validation) Bill.

Photo of Sir Kenneth Pickthorn Sir Kenneth Pickthorn , Cambridge University

May I ask whether His Majesty's Government are aware that though this may be necessary on this occasion it is a highly regrettable necessity, and clearly affords a very strong argument why legislation which has to be renewed annually should be brought forward six or seven weeks beforehand? Otherwise, annual renewal becomes more of a freehold than would be the case if the provision had not been put in the legislation at all.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

We had a Debate on the Report, and then the Bill had to be drafted. We wanted to take the views of the House on the Report first of all. That is the reason.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Can the right hon. Gentle man tell me how I can proceed to put down Amendments to the Committee stage?