The Business for the next Sitting Days will be as follows:
First Sitting Day—Committee stage of the Civil and Revenue Departments' Vote on Account. A Debate on the Ministry of Food will take place.
Second Sitting Day—It is proposed to move Mr. Speaker out of the Chair on going into Committee of Supply on the Air Estimates, 1942, and consider Votes A and I and Air Supplementary Estimate in Committee.
Third Sitting Day—Report stage of the Civil Vote on Account. A Debate on Woman-Power will take place.
May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that recently, on the publication of the White Paper on production which has now been withdrawn, suggestions were made for a Debate on production? May I ask whether that Debate will take place on the return of his right hon. Friend from Cairo, how soon will he return, and what arrangements are being made to discuss this matter?
Is it possible for the Debate on production to take place before the Minister of State returns, because, whether certain Members of the House know it or not, there is a great deal of unrest among the workers, especially in the mining industry from which I come; and is the Lord Privy Seal aware that we are desirous of putting the case across the Floor of this House, because the position is alarming?
In these days one must always be discussing the war, but even at this time would the Lord Privy Seal consult with his colleagues again about the treatment of the old people of this country and the amount of their pensions, particularly of those who are at the lowest level; and will he make representations and go into this question again, which is serious, with a view to seeing whether in these days of high cost of living some increases can be given?
As soon as a statement is made by the Government of how that is to be dealt with, it may be that the House will be so satisfied that they will not desire to discuss it.
Is the Lord Privy Seal aware that in regard to the matter which has been raised by the hon. Member for Gorbals (Mr. Buchanan), there was issued lately a determination of needs report in its application to unemployment and to supplementation, and that that statement contains an account of what has taken place and gives a very low average of increase, and does it not call for an early discussion?
There would be an opportunity, no doubt, at an early date to discuss the matter, as I suggested, and if the hon. Gentleman wished to take part in it, there is no doubt that he would have an opportunity.