Orders of the Day — Church of England (National Assembly) (Measures)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1944.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Unlike my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Warrington (Mr. Goldie) I cannot agree that there is any objection to bringing forward this matter at what he calls this late hour, and the fact that there is only a thin House has nothing to do with it. It is our duty to be here if the Measure is one in which we are interested as Members of Parliament. I agree that the Ecclesiastical Committee of both Houses is fulfilling an extremely useful purpose. If a Measure passed by the Church Assembly were presented to Parliament it might easily slip through without having the attention of Members drawn to its proposals. The Report of the Ecclesiastical Committee is very well and very clearly phrased, and shows shortly and succinctly what the Measure is about. I do not agree with the expression "shift-age" which was used, but perhaps that was an oversight on the part of the hon. Member.