The Business will be as follows:
First Sitting Day.—Supply (11th Allotted Day): Committee, Debate on Propaganda. The Ministry of Information and other appropriate Votes will be put down.
Second Sitting Day Supply (12th Allotted Day): Committee. The Votes for the Department of Health for Scotland and Public Education, Scotland, will be considered.
Third Sitting Day.—Committee and remaining stages of the Allied Powers (War Service) Bill; Second Reading of the Housing (Rural Workers) Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution; Second Reading of the Isle of Man (Customs) Bill and any outstanding Business, including the Motion relating to Members' Passes.
We propose to-day to continue the Debate that began yesterday. I understand the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne) proposes to ask leave to move his Motion formally, so that the Debate may proceed.
It is not the intention to ask the House to do so, because for the general convenience of the House, to-day being Thursday, it was felt best to take the Vote at the usual hour.
In these circumstances may I ask that you, Sir, will cast a kindly and fatherly eye on those of us who were cut out of the first day's Debate after staying until three o'clock this morning?
It was not my fault that Members stayed. I also stayed until three o'clock this morning. Unfortunately there were two Members who had then been unable to speak, but I do not think it would be for the general convenience of the House to suspend the Rule.
Will my right hon. and learned Friend consider the situation that arose early this morning by what I suggest was a misuse of- the Rules of the House which will only bring Parliament into contempt? Is it not possible at some later date to consider, especially in wartime, the abrogation of this Rule, which prevents a Debate from continuing and excludes hon. Members who want to speak?
Every hon. Member has a right to make use of the Rules of the House in what way he thinks fit, but I hope that not many hon. Members will think fit to use them as they were used last night.
Is it not the duty of the Government Whips to keep a House, and on an occasion of this kind would it not have been better if that duty had been performed at whatever cost?
If the hon. Member wishes to be technical, I think it was the duty of those who were moving the Motion to see that sufficient people were here to carry on the business.