Business of the House

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South 12:00 am, 21st January 1958

May I ask the Leader of the House whether he has any statement to make on business?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

After discussions through the usual channels arrangements have been made for a debate on the economic situation to take place on Thursday of this week, on a Motion to be tabled this afternoon by the Government. The business already announced for Thursday will be postponed. The remainder of the week's business remains as announced.

The House will wish to know that the Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry on the alleged Disclosure of Information relating to the Raising of the Bank Rate, together with the evidence given before the Tribunal, will be available in the Vote Office about 4 p.m. today.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

Will the Lord Privy Seal make arrangements for an early debate on this Report?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

This is a matter for the Chair, but, in any case, I think that hon. Members will need time to study the Report, and, also, the very voluminous evidence that has been published today with the Report itself. The question of a separate debate on the Report can be discussed through the usual channels.

Proceedings on Government Business exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House).—[Mr. R. A. Butler.]