Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
MONDAY, 24TH JULY—In the morning—
Remaining stages of the Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust Bill [Lords].
Second Reading of the Police (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill [Lords], which is a consolidation Measure.
Lords Amendments to the Wireless Telegraphy Bill, the National Insurance (No. 2) Bill and the Aden, Perim and Kuria Muria Islands Bill.
In the afternoon—
Supply [29th Allotted Day]:
Debate on Economic Affairs, on an Opposition Motion.
At 10 p.m. the Question will be put from the Chair on all outstanding Votes.
Lords Amendments to the Water (Scotland) Bill.
Motions on the Furniture Industry Development Council (Amendment No. 3) Order, on the Redundancy Fund Order and on the Sunday Cinematograph Order.
WEDNESDAY, 26TH JULY—In the morning—
Motions on the White Fish and Herring Subsidies Orders and on the Fishing Vessels Scheme.
In the afternoon—
Remaining stages of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill which, under Standing Order No. 89, will be formal.
Lords Amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill.
Remaining stages of the Police (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill [Lords], which is a consolidation Measure.
Motions on the Electricity Boards (Standard Amount) (Scotland) Order, on the Valuation (Scottish Gas Board) (Scotland) Order, on the British Railways Board (Amendment of Certified Amount) (Scotland) Order.
At seven o'clock, as the House is aware, the Chairman of Ways and Means has set down Opposed Private Business for Consideration.
THURSDAY, 27TH JULY—There will be a debate on a Motion to approve the White Paper on Defence, Command No. 3357.
FRIDAY, 28TH JULY—If it has been so resolved, the House will rise for the Summer Adjournment.
Can the Leader of the House tell us when the Prime Minister or the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs will make a statement about Rhodesia, and whether the Government intend to publish Lord Alport's report as a dispatch?
Will the right hon. Gentleman also help us by telling us what other statements he expects the Government to make next week?
I cannot tell the right hon. Gentleman the exact time of the Prime Minister's statement, or what will follow from it. But we shall tell the right hon. Gentleman immediately we can.
I expect a statement on Monday on the family endowment scheme and a statement from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science about public accounts and the U.G.C., but I am not sure whether that will be on Monday.
Is the Leader of the House aware that immediately on his announcement that the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill will be taken on Tuesday I left the Chamber to submit a subject to Mr. Speaker and that 20 hon. Members were in advance of me, although I was back in the Chamber before the end of his Business Statement at 3.33 p.m.? Will he in future make arrangements to see that better co-ordination is made between the various subjects submitted for debate on the Bill?
Can my right hon. Friend say when there will be a statement about legislation promising votes at 18? If he is short of Parliamentary draftsmen, is he aware that I can lend him my old Bill, which was talked out six years ago?
I have not heard any objection to that. We are considering taking the remaining stages in the autumn in the "hang-over" period, when the Bill will come from the Lords.
Will my right hon. Friend at long last give time to debate my Motion to provide facilities for seamen returning home from the sea to visit their families? Is his sole reason for not doing so as stated by him in a letter to the Shipping Federation, that he wants to cut clerical work? If that is the sole reason, is it not disgraceful?
[That this House is of opinion that for social, family, economic and other reasons the withdrawal by British Railways of the cheap fare railway vouchers hitherto available to seamen and their families is wrong as it frustrates family reunions, deprives British Railways of fares, diminishes British Railways income and now calls upon Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister of Transport, by legislation or otherwise, to restore to British seamen and their families the relevant facilities which they have hitherto enjoyed.]
Since there is every indication that the pressure on sterling this autumn will be greater than usual, and that responsible quarters fear that there may be pressure for devaluation, will the Leader of the House give an undertaking that before any such serious step is taken the House will be recalled during the long Recess?
While I quite understand that differences within the Cabinet have made it impossible for the Prime Minister to make a statement about Rhodesia today, may I ask the Leader of the House to try to ensure that we get a statement on Monday at the latest, for otherwise it will be almost impossible to have a debate before the House rises?
Does the Leader of the House realise that by arranging a clash of business on the second Wednesday morning running with the business of the Select Committee on Agriculture he is making it very difficult for the Committee to complete its deliberations? This inflicts an inconvenience not only on its members but also on the clerks and other people trying to serve it. Before doing this, did he have consultations with the chairman of the Committee to try to facilitate our joint arrangements?
I appreciate this, but I was asked about agriculture in the first place. It is extremely difficult at this time in the Session to arrange everything to everybody's convenience, and I think that sometimes specialist Committees will have to remember that the House has to organise its own business as well.
Mr. Gresham Cooke:
Will the right hon. Gentleman find a short time for the Vessels Protection Bill, which passed its Committee stage in 14 minutes flat and which the police are hoping will be passed by the Summer Recess?
[That this House expresses its grave concern at the situation which has developed in the Caribbean Islands of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla and, in particularly at the continued detention of a British subject Mr. James Milne Gaskell,and at the treatment accorded to the Opposition in the islands; and urges Her Majesty's Government to use every initiative to achieve a satisfactory settlement without further delay.]
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider, perhaps in a more serious vein that he did originally, the suggestion by my hon. Friend about consulting through the usual channels to see whether the economic debate can be extended by an extra hour? That would mean that a lot more Members would be able to get in. As the matter is so serious, will he please take up the suggestion?
I have no doubt that we could debate the economic situation for a very long time. Certainly, we are prepared to consider all these things through the usual channels. However, I think that if we are to have a day, and if a day is what we have got, we had better have a normal day.