Business of the House.

– in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

May I ask the Leader of the House to state the Business on the resumption of the Sittings of the House?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

The Business when we meet again will be as follows:

First Sitting Day—Committee stage of a Supplementary Vote of Credit for War Expenditure. If necessary, a statement will be made on the war situation.

Second Sitting Day—Report stage of the Supplementary Vote of Credit, which will afford an opportunity for the promised Debate on Service Pay.

Third Sitting Day—We shall ask the House to pass a special Consolidated Fund Bill through all its stages, which is required for the Supplementary Vote of Credit.

During the week we shall consider any outstanding Business, including the Courts (Emergency Powers) (Amendment) Bill [Lords], the Greenwich Hospital Bill [Lords], and the Purchase Tax (Exemption) Orders.

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

May I call the attention of the Leader of the House to the point which I raised yesterday, which was supported by my right hon. Friend beside me, that an opportunity should be given, if possible, for a statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, followed by a Debate, on our short and long-term borrowing policy? Will he consider whether that can be done on the third Sitting Day on the Consolidated Fund Bill?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

We will certainly consider that.

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

May I take it that this proposed Business is really provisional, and that the House will understand that should circumstances so change the programme might be changed?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

Certainly, it is provisional in the light of the present circumstances.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Will the Leader of the House say whether the Government will open the Debate on Service Pay and Allowances by a statement of their intentions?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I do not know. I have not considered that matter yet.