Yes, Sir. The business for the next week in which we shall be sitting, which is the week after the Summer Recess, will be as follows:
TUESDAY, 25TH OcTonER—Consideration of a Motion in usual form relating to the arrangements to be made for private Members' Time.
Committee and remaining stages of the Sudan (Special Payments) Bill.
Second Reading of the Diplomatic Immunities Restriction Bill.
Second Reading of the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.
WEDNESDAY, 26TH OCTOBER—Second Reading of the Sugar Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money and Ways and Means Resolutions.
THURSDAY, 27TH OCTOBER—Debate on Education in Scotland until 7 o'clock.
Afterwards, Report and Third Reading of the Agriculture (Improvement of Roads) Bill.
FRIDAY, 28TH OCTOBER—Second Reading of the Dentists Bill, and Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.
Is the Leader of the House aware of the great anxiety among the large number of company directors on the Government side of the House lest they incur penalties for holding offices of profit under the Crown, because they will be liable to be fined £500 per day during the Recess without opportunity of getting the necessary indemnity legislation? Will he say something to dispel their fear that they will be liable to enormous sums in fines as long as the Recess lasts?
If there is any anxiety on this side of the House, I hope that hon. Gentlemen opposite who may be in a similar position will also be anxious. I do not think that the hon. Member knows any more about this matter than he does about common land in Scotland.
Mr. G. Wilson:
May I ask my right hon. Friend whether and, if so, when there will be time to debate an item which appeared on the Order Paper last Friday, and which read:
Animals,—Copy presented,—of Order, dated 21st July, 1955, made by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, authorising the landing at London of one Giraffe [by Act]; to lie upon the Table.
I hope I am in order in asking a question about business. The Leader of the House announced that the Dentists Bill will be taken on the Friday. In view of the fact that there are wide implications in it in which a large number of Members are interested, can he explain why it is necessary to take the Bill on a Friday instead of earlier in the week, when more attention could be given to it?
Can the right hon. Gentleman not change his mind about the Scottish education debate finishing at 7 o'clock? He will bear in mind that he has put this Order down for the Thursday although it is fairly obvious that even at the moment, after a quiet Thursday's discussion of business, we rarely get the actual business of the House started at half-past three.
It is not my fault that the business does not start till half-past three. The hon. Gentleman himself has made sure today that it has not started at half-past three. I promised earlier that, as a result of representations made by the Opposition, there would be a two-day debate on Scottish affairs, of which there was to be half a day on Scottish education. For reasons known to himself and other hon. Members, that was not done. Therefore, I found the earliest possible corresponding time when we returned.