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– in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Ordered, That the Proceedings on the Motion relating to Old Age and Widows' Pensions be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Sir Stafford Cripps.]

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

On a point of Order. I would like to ask the Leader of the House whether he has any time in mind for the probable conclusion of the Debate?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

It was in order to meet the wishes of the House that we proposed to suspend the Rule, and I hope it will be agreeable for the House to conclude the Debate not later than two hours beyond the ordinary time. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will endeavour to catch your eye, Mr. Speaker, in time to conclude his speech at that hour.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Would this be a convenient moment for you, Mr. Speaker, to indicate to the House whether it is your intention to call any of the Amendments to that Motion, and if so, which?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

It will be better dealt with when we come to the Motion.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Regarding to-day's procedure, the right hon. and learned Gentleman has told the House when he hopes that the Debate will end; can he give us any indication of the Government's hopes as to when it will begin?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

It is the hope of the Government that it will begin very shortly, and take up substantially the whole Sitting.