Business of the House

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1954.

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the Mouse).—[Mr. Crookshank.]

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

On a point of order. Before the House decides whether to accept the Motion standing in the name of the Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, may I ask what is the effect of the term "Government Business"? In particular, may I ask whether it covers, or is intended to cover, the Motions for the appointment of certain Select Committees and a Joint Committee tonight?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

I have no idea at all what the Motion is intended to cover, but if the hon. Member asks what is the effect of the rules of order, the answer is that if the Motion is accepted it does include the Motions for the appointment of these Select Committees.

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crook-shank):

For the information of the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman), may I say that it is not the intention of the Government to take these Motions tonight.

Question put and agreed to.