The business for next week will be as follows:
MONDAY, 20TH DECEMBER—Supply [4th Allotted Day]: Committee, which, if the Committee agrees, will be taken formally when a debate will be opened on foreign affairs.
TUESDAY, 21ST DECEMBER—Conclusion of the debate on foreign affairs, on a Motion for the Adjournment of the House.
The Business for the first week after the Christmas Adjournment will be as follows:
TUESDAY, 25TH JANUARY—Debate on a Motion to take note of the Albemarle Report on the Future of the Youth Employment Service.
WEDNESDAY, 26TH JANUARY—Supply [5th Allotted Day]: Motion to move Mr. Speaker out of the Chair, when debate will arise on an Amendment to take note of the 1964–65 Fifth Report and the Third Special Report from the Estimates Committee on grants to universities and colleges.
THURSDAY, 27TH JANUARY—Supply [6th Allotted Day]: Committee. There will be a debate on a subject to be announced later.
FRIDAY, 28TH JANUARY—Private Members' Bills.
I understand that the Leader of the House has already given an assurance about the recall of Parliament, that he will listen to all representations made by Members of this House and will be willing to repeat that assurance. Will the Leader of the House accept that we will let him know the subject of the debate for Thursday, 27th January, nearer the time?
I gave a firm assurance yesterday that, under Standing Order 117, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister would be prepared to receive representations from the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition, or from any Member of the House, to request Mr. Speaker to recall Parliament during the Recess. On the second point, I should be grateful if the right hon Gentleman could let the Government know the subject in sufficient time to acquaint hon. Members of it.
Is the Leader of the House aware that the Government made lavish promises about dealing with monoplies and restrictive practices, yet we are still without any Bill dealing with notification agreements and other harmful devices? Can he tell us whether he proposes to deal with this most important matter?
The Leader of the House will be aware that it is nearly 12 months since the Government announced that they were accepting the recommendations of the Tucker Report which included restrictions upon the reporting of sensational murder trials. Would the Leader of the House indicate, in view of the great need in such cases to have 12 unprejudiced jurors, when it is intended to bring in the legislation which was promised 12 months ago?
In support of the plea made by the right hon. Member for Vauxhall (Mr. Strauss) about a statement by the Minister of Transport, may I ask the Leader of the House whether he is aware that the Minister of Transport gave a clear undertaking that he would make a statement on co-ordinated transport services before Christmas? May we therefore hope that we shall have that statement next week?
As next week's debate is on foreign affairs and there is no provision for a debate on Commonwealth affairs before the Recess, can my right hon. Friend say whether the unprecedented action of two members of the Commonwealth breaking off diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom and its possible repercussions may be regarded as a matter which can be properly debated as affecting the foreign relations of this country?
I cannot assure the House that there will be an opportunity of discussing the matter before any action is taken. All that I can assure the House about is that my right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State will report to the House as soon as he has a firm statement to make.
I hope that this would be fitted in one evening this week after 10 o'clock. That has not been possible. Perhaps my hon. and learned Friend will discuss the matter with me. It could perhaps be fitted in tomorrow if there is time. I will see what can be done next week if we cannot deal with it tomorrow.
On the question of the personal statement of my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North (Mr. Box), will the right hon. Gentleman find time for the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, West (Dr. Bray), who made an unwarranted attack upon my hon. Friend, to apologise and withdraw?
Is my right hon. Friend aware that throughout the country, and not least in constituencies with an important railway interest, there is a great deal of anxiety, not to say impatience, over the Minister of Transport's statement about the co-ordination of transport? Would he look again at the possibility of having that statement made before Christmas? If not, will he give a firm assurance that it will be made immediately after the Christmas Recess?
I said last week that it might be generally desirable to have a short debate on the Brambell Report if we could arrange it after the Recess. I would rather consider the question of the Littlewood Report.