Orders of the Day — Parliament Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 1949.

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Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast 12:00 am, 31st October 1949

I know that the Disestablishment of the Welsh Church was carried through under the Parliament Act. The way in which it was done was just as regrettable as the forcing through of the Home Rule Bill under the Parliament Act.

This House can only approve of the very remarkable Amendment moved two years ago by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords, when he asked the House of Lords to reject the Bill on three grounds, all of which are perfectly valid today: because it was a Bill for which the nation had expressed no desire; because it was a Bill which would go far to expose the country to the danger of single Chamber Government; and lastly—and this, today, is true in every sense of the word—because the Bill could only serve to distract the attention of the country from the economic crisis and from the united effort towards recovery which was so vital at that time. Those were the terms of the Amendment which was moved in the House of Lords two years ago, and every word of it is applicable today.