Will the Lord President give us an early day after our return in the autumn for a discussion of the Master-man Report, and could he, in addition, give the House an undertaking—I hope that he will be able to do so—that no restrictions will be enforced until the House has had an opportunity to discuss that report?
The Government are considering the representations made by the Staff Side at a meeting of the National Whitley Council held on 22nd July. Meanwhile, it has been agreed that no action will be taken to put the Committee's recommendations into effect until another meeting of the National Whitley Council takes place. In the circumstances I think that the House will agree that any Debate at this stage would be inappropriate, and it would perhaps be wiser to wait and see what the result of those discussions are.
I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman has in mind what I was anxious to safeguard. There is to be this further meeting of the Whitley Council. I should like to be assured that no action will follow that meeting until this House has had a chance to examine and discuss the report.
Will my right hon. Friend consider the possibility of giving time after the Recess for a Debate on the Motion about tied public houses standing in the names of many of my hon. Friends and a few of my right hon. Friends and in the names of Members of other parties and of Independent Members?
[That this House condemns the Tied Public House system, as at present operated, in that it deprives the customer of his freedom of choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike, tends to restrict the provision of food and accommodation, increases by monopolist practices the price of refreshments to the customer and does not furnish sufficient security of tenure to the publican; and that therefore this House calls upon His Majesty's Government to inquire into the Tied House system and other restrictive practices of Brewers and to introduce, where necessary, remedial legislation.]
I am glad to hear of my hon. Friend's representative character. We shall give the point consideration, but I think we shall have a fair amount of Business when we come back, and my hon. Friend must forgive me if I do not make a firm promise. We shall keep the point in mind.
In view of the fact that scores of East Anglian villages have no water, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will treat as urgent the question of giving us an opportunity after the Recess to discuss the supply of water in rural areas? Further, may I ask if the right hon. Gentleman can tell the House when it is intended to take the Adjournment Motion, and if it is the intention of the Government to make a statement on any arrangements for the recall of the House during the Summer Recess if there should be a crisis emergency?
The Adjournment Motion will be taken tomorrow, and the Government will, of course, give proper assurances on the point which the hon. Member has mentioned. With regard to water, I think we had better wait until our return. It may be that we shall have a heavy rainfall by then, which would, I think, be welcomed by all.
Does the Lord President recall with regard to the Auxiliary and Reserve Forces Bill, that the House had only a week to consider this very long Bill because it was said to be of considerable urgency? Has something arisen to lessen that urgency, or was the House unnecessarily hustled with the Bill?
It was desirable to get the Second Reading of the Bill, and I agree that there was complaint at the time that we had taken the Second Reading rather early. It will be remembered that although that was so, and I admitted it, I did say that there would be a reasonable pause between the Second Reading and Committee Stage which would wipe out the grievance about the early Second Reading. In accord with our usual friendly and obliging character we have met that request.
In view of the favourable answer which the right hon. Gentleman gave to one of his supporters about an all-party Motion, will he give an equally favourable answer to a Motion down in the name of the hon. Member for Barking (Mr. Hastings) and myself on a subject which is very important, and in which this House takes great interest?
[That consideration should be given to an alteration of the law regarding cruelty to children, with a view to the increaseof the maximum penalty as well as provision for instruction and assistance for parents or guardians of children where cruelty or indifference arises from ignorance or environment conditions.]
It cannot be discussed on the Adjournment, because it involves legislation. Will he give favourable consideration to that, because there was only a partial Debate the other day, excellent as was the speech of the hon. Lady the Member for North Hendon (Mrs. Ayrton Gould).
I thought that the House covered the ground pretty well and did not even use up all the time available. I am afraid I cannot hold out any likelihood of legislation or a further Debate on this subject.
May I ask my right hon. Friend to give further consideration to the request of the noble Lord on the subject of the neglected and ill-treated children. May I urge that it is a very important question, in view of the large number of children that are unable to be touched by existing legislation, and also by the fact that the home of the neglected child is recognised to be the breeding ground of juvenile delinquency, which is becoming increasingly the concern both of this House and of the country?
I must confess I find the combination of my hon. Friend and the noble Lord almost irresistible, but I honestly do not see how I can provide facilities for the further discussion which is suggested.
May I ask the Leader of the House if he will answer the second part of my question, which was if he could tell the House when it is intended to have the Adjournment Motion, which I understand is the day before the actual Debate on the Adjournment; and if the normal arrangements are to be made and Mr. Speaker empowered to recall the House in the case of an emergency?
I told the House all about this in response to the question of the hon. Member. Unfortunately he was talking to some one next to him at the time and he did not hear. We shall take the Adjournment Motion tomorrow and I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we shall give the appropriate assurances on the point he has raised.