Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
MONDAY, 8TH JULY—Supply [19th Allotted Day]: Committee, which it is proposed to take formally.
TUESDAY, 9TH JULY—Second Reading of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Bill, the Judicial Offices (Salaries and Pensions) Bill, and of the Ministerial Salaries Bill.
Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolutions.
Consideration of a Motion relating to Remuneration of Members of this House, and Expenses of Peers.
Committee and remaining stages of the Army (Conditions of Enlistment) Bill.
Committee stage of the Navy, Army and Air Expenditure, 1955–56.
WEDNESDAY, 10TH JULY—Supply [20th Allotted Day]: Committee, which it is proposed to take formally.
A debate will take place on the Report and Accounts of the British Transport Commission for 1956.
Consideration of the Motions to approve the Draft National Insurance (Married Women) Amendment Regulations, and the Draft Ancillary Dental Workers Regulations.
THURSDAY, 11TH JULY—Committee and remaining stages of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Bill, the Judicial Offices (Salaries and Pensions) Bill and of the Ministerial Salaries Bill.
Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Electricity Bill.
Report stage of the Navy, Army and Air Expenditure, 1955–56.
Consideration of the Motions to approve the Draft Cinematograph Films Regulations, and the Draft Wool Textile Industry Orders.
FRIDAY, 12TH JULY—Second Reading of the Federation of Malaya Independence Bill, and of the Geneva Conventions Bill [Lords].
Committee and remaining stages of the Tanganyika Agricultural Corporation Bill.
We do not anticipate that, with the good will of the House, and as we are making these Bills available, two of them now, and the Ministerial Salaries Bill tomorrow, there should necessarily be very long sittings. We think that we can manage to get the business in good time.
It will be difficult to do that before the Recess. I have been giving the hon. Gentleman's request consideration. It is a matter which he ought also to discuss with his hon. Friends.
On the question of the announcement of the Prime Minister today on Members' and Ministers' remuneration, having regard to the fact that all the changes proposed will take effect as from 1st July—[An HON. MEMBER: "If they are passed."]—yes, if they are passed, the date upon which they are debated will not make any difference to anyone's private interest. May I ask my right hon. Friend whether it is not in the public interest that the discussion on Members' pay should take place at the same time as those other discussions, and as quickly as possible?
We have so arranged the business that on two days next week these general discussions will take place. I hope that after proper consideration the matter will be able to be regulated.
Members of the Committee of Privileges will bear me out when I say that we have had regular meetings and have found this subject one of great complexity. It involves all the traditions of the House. I cannot give a date for publication of the report, but I can give an undertaking to the House and to the hon. Member that we shall not in any way delay our deliberations on the matter. I would give this advice: if we are to do our work properly, since this question involves most of the traditions of the House, it is important that we should do our work thoroughly.
In view of the great importance of the European Free Trade proposals to both our agriculture and our industry, can my right hon. Friend find time to discuss this matter before the Recess?
Reverting to the question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Beswick), may I ask the right hon. Gentleman to bear in mind, in considering whether we ought to have a debate on the statement made by the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, that the statement was very complex and was of the type normally made in answer to Questions or at the end of Questions. It was made in answer to a Written Question and there was not an opportunity to ask questions for clarification. Would the right hon. Gentleman bear that point in mind in considering the necessity for an opportunity of clarifying the right hon. Gentleman's announcement?
There is, of course, also the opportunity of a Supply day. I think it is an example of how we take care of our liberties that the matter has been raised and that hon. Members have drawn attention to it.
The Leader of the House will recall that we have referred before to the failure of the usual channels to set up a Select Committee on accommodation? The difference between us appears to be the completely inadequate terms of reference the Committee had before, and our desire that they should be adequate. Bearing in mind the fact that the House now has a new Serjeant at Arms, would it not be better to get the arrangements of the House to work properly? Now that we have cleared up hon. Members' financial difficulties, would it not be a good thing, next Session, if not in this, to set up a Select Committee to put right the pitifully inadequate conditions under which hon. Members work?
I think the hon. Member's suggestion is perfectly reasonable, but it is rather late to do anything this Session. As a matter of fact, we have had exchanges between the two sides of the House on the question of accommodation, so the matter has not been forgotten. Certain adjustments have been made, although they may not be altogether satisfactory. Hon. Members will see that the matter has not slipped our notice. I will bear the hon. Gentleman's point in mind.