The Business for next week will be as follows:
Monday, 11th July—Conclusion of the Report stage of the Finance Bill;
Consideration of Amendments to the Superannuation Bill, which are expected to be received from another place today;
Committee stage of Navy, Army and Air Expenditure, 1947–48; and
Consideration of the Motion to approve the Timber (Charges) (No. 10) Order.
Tuesday, 12th July—Third Reading of the Finance Bill until 7.30 p.m.;
Second Reading, if not already obtained, or further progress with the U.S.A. Veterans' Pensions (Administration) Bill [Lords]; and
Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Wireless Telegraphy Bill, and to the Coal Industry Bill.
Wednesday, 13th July—Second Reading of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill [Lords] until about 7.30 p.m., and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution; and
Report and Third Reading of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.
Thursday, 14th July—Supply (22nd allotted Day); Committee. Debate on the Economic Situation.
Friday, 15th July—Report and Third Reading of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Bill [Lords];
Further progress will be made with the Colonial Loans Bill, and the Colonial Development and Welfare Bill, if not already disposed of; and
Second Reading of the Overseas Resources Development Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.
The Opposition having agreed to give one of their Supply Days for the Debate on the Economic Situation, the Government, in order to meet the general wishes of the House, are prepared to provide a second day for the Debate on Monday, 18th July. This re-arrangement will, however, result in our having to ask the House to facilitate the progress of Government Business on other days. I suggest to the House that it may be more convenient for Supply to be taken formally on Thursday, 14th July, and for the Debate on the Economic Situation to arise on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House.
I should, perhaps, say a word about the Indemnity Bill. The question whether a Member of Parliament can serve on the General Medical Council was raised when my hon. Friend the Member for Attercliffe (Mr. J. Hynd) attended his first meeting of the Council. The matter was brought to the attention of the Government, and, in order to remove any possibility of doubt, it was decided to introduce a Bill at once to indemnify him, and also his predecessor on the General Medical Council, my hon. Friend the Member for Berwick and Haddington (Mr. J. J. Robertson). As regards my hon. Friend the Member for West Islington (Mr. A. Evans), he recently became aware that certain small transactions between his firm and the Home Office might render him liable to disqualification as a Member of this House. He brought this to the notice of the Government immediately, and it was decided to cover him in this Bill.