Tuesday (3rd Allotted Supply Day)—Report stage of the Civil and Revenue Departments Vote on Account. A Debate will take place on Civil Aviation. Report of Ways and Means Resolution.
Wednesday—Second Reading of the Distribution of Industry Bill and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.
Thursday and Friday—All stages of the Consolidated Fund Bill. An opportunity will arise for a Debate on Housing.
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility of a Debate on the matters coming before the Conference which is to take place before the actual San Francisco Conference is held? In the last Debate a great deal of time was taken up with Poland and so on and although the question of San Francisco was referred to, there was no Debate. Since then, statements have been made with regard to the procedure of the proposed security council and I suggest that a day's Debate before 25th April might be useful.
Yes, Sir, I will certainly consider that suggestion. I think it probably would be desirable. We have a little time after Easter before the date of the Conference, and I think a Debate might take place then. Perhaps I might take this opportunity of saying that we had provisionally arranged for a Debate to take place next week on the subject of supplies to liberated countries, but, as the House is aware, the Lord President of the Council has recently returned from the Continent, and it would be more convenient to the Government if that Debate could take place during the week after next, and I am proposing to allot a day then.
While thanking the Government for agreeing to a Debate on supplies to liberated countries, may I ask whether it is definitely settled that there will be a Debate before Easter, or at least in the following week?
My idea was that we could have it during the week after next. I would like to give advance notice to the House that we propose that the House should adjourn on Thursday, 29th March, for the Easter Recess and meet again on Tuesday, 10th April. We propose to meet at II a.m. on Thursday, 29th March. Questions will be taken.
As a great number of Members are desirous of speaking on the Distribution of Industry Bill, which adversely affects a great number of districts, is the Leader of the House aware that there is a desire for a second day? If that is not possible, will he consider an extension of time?
Can the Leader of the House give us any indication when the decisions and recommendations of the Bretton Woods Conference will he discussed in the House? Will he bear in mind that the matter has already been before both Houses in the U.S.A. and I believe that secret discussions are now going on between Lord Keynes and Members of this House with the knowledge of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The hon. Member is always so suspicious of secret discussions. I can only repeat the undertaking which the Government have already given, that an opportunity will be given to this House for a discussion before any commitment is made by the Government.
In view of the announcement that a Debate will take place on civil aviation next week on the Civil Estimates, and the fact that it will be very difficult for hon. Members to express any opinion on whether they agree with the White Paper or not, cannot the right hon. Gentleman provide another chance later for a discussion on the White Paper, followed by a vote?
Will my right hon. Friend consider arranging an agricultural Debate at as early a date as possible in order that a Motion concerning the Women's Land Army may be considered?
[That in the opinion of this House, the rejection of the claim of some form of practical recognition on demobilisation for members of the Women's Land Army is unreasonable and calculated to destroy the confidence of the Women's Land Army in the importance of their contribution to the maintenance of our maximum food supplies and asking the Government to reconsider the matter in the national interest.]
In view of the importance of civil aviation, will my right hon. Friend make it quite clear that whatever Debate takes place on Tuesday, the Government will do nothing to implement the White Paper, and that any company, shipping or railway, which starts getting active in the matter will do so at its own risk?
I cannot give any such undertaking at all. What we desire on Tuesday is to hear the views of the House and, like all Governments that are wise, we shall be deeply impressed by them.