Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
As the House is aware, the debate on the Address in reply to the Gracious Speech will be continued tomorrow and on MONDAY, and brought to a conclusion On TUESDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER
At the end on Monday, six Prayers relating to Road Traffic Statutory Instruments will be considered.
Motion on the Southern Rhodesia Act, 1965 (Continuation) Order.
THURSDAY, 9TH NOVEMBER—Second Reading of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.
Prayer on the Artificial Sweeteners in Food Regulations, 1967.
FRIDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER—Second Reading of the Countryside Bill.
MONDAY, 13TH NOVEMBER—The proposed business will be: 1st Allotted Supply Day.
Debate on a Motion to take note of the Fifth Report from the Public Accounts Committee, Session 1966–67.
Has the Leader of the House noticed Motion No. 12, standing in my name on the subject, of the dumb Minister? Will he say whether there will be an opportunity during the business of next week for the House to be told what is the constitutional position of the Minister concerned, who was appointed to do certain duties, but who is prevented from answering Questions on the duties for which he has been appointed and for which, presumably, he is being paid?
[That, in the opinion of this House, the Prime Minister will add to the scepticism of the North at the appointment of Mr. Frederick Lee as special Minister by refusing Members of Parliament the right to question him on his activities on matters of vital importance to the North-East Coast such as the future of the Consett Steel Works, the protection and development of the Tyne, the increase in the price of steel for shipbuilding, and the situation regarding C. A. Parsons, all of which require a vocal, not a dumb, Minister.]
When is it intended to have a debate on Welsh affairs on the Floor of the House? The right hon. Gentleman made some fairly sympathetic noises to me in July on this subject.
Could my right hon. Friend tell us when the Government intend to introduce the Bill for compensation for tenant farmers, as my constituents are concerned about new town development and are most anxious about the consequences of that Bill?
Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that there will be an early opportunity for a full day's debate on his important proposals for reform of the procedure of the House?
I have been considering the right way to deal with this matter. I hope that right hon. and hon. Members have noticed that we have put down in a Written Answer, for the convenience of the House, a full list of the subjects. I suggest to the House that we should take two full days on procedure, in one of which I shall start with a general picture, and in the second, perhaps, we might deal with detail. I want to avoid last year's mistake of trying to jam it all into one day. This is important enough for two days.
Mr. Edward M. Taylor:
Would the Leader of the House allow time next week to clarify the Government's attitude on the question whether the Scottish Grand Committee will meet in Scotland, bearing in mind that last night the Secretary of State for Scotland said that he welcomed the proposal, and that last month the Leader of the House said that he thought that it was nonsense?
It is not for me to comment on the content of Adjournment speeches. I should have thought that from the hon. Gentleman's point of view a change of that sort was in the right direction.