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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley 12:00 am, 2nd November 1967

May I ask the Leader of the House to state the business of the House for next week?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

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.

WEDNESDAY, 8TH NOVEMBER—Second Reading of the Family Allowances and National Insurance Bill and of the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill.

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.

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

Is the Leader of the House aware that we shall be putting down an Amendment today dealing with transport for Monday and with the economic situation for Tuesday?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I am grateful to the Leader of the Opposition for informing the House of the topics for Monday and Tuesday.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

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.]

Is not this an odd constitutional arrangement? I should like to clear up—

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. Business questions must be brief.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I had noted the Motion. I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in a Written Answer on Tuesday, 24th October.

Photo of Mr Jeremy Thorpe Mr Jeremy Thorpe , North Devon

Is it again proposed that the Rhodesia Measure will be taken formally?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I do not know about taken formally; I have a suspicion that some discussion will take place.

Photo of Mr Peter Bessell Mr Peter Bessell , Bodmin

Will there be an early opportunity to debate the question of retirement, old-age and Service pensions?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I can give the hon. Gentleman the assurance that some of the legislation which we are likely to consider may bring the subject in.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

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.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I shall certainly bring it into account. This is, I agree, the season of the year when we could well find time for it.

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

Will the Leader of the House try to find time, either next week or in the immediate future, for a debate on the Report of the South-West Economic Planning Committee, the Tress Report, which has been out now for three months and which ought to be debated in the House?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I shall consider that possibility.

Photo of Mr Robert Maxwell Mr Robert Maxwell , Buckingham

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?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I think that my hon. Friend may not have realised that, when I said that there would be a Bill entitled "Agriculture", it included this particular recommendation.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

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?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

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.

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

Shall we have an opportunity of discussing the British Museum Library, on which it seems that the Government have got themselves into an extraordinary and very unpleasant position?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

It is not for me to advise hon. Members opposite how to use their opportunities for debate, but the subjects selected by the Opposition side for tomorrow would not seem to exclude a reference to the British Museum.

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?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

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.