Transport Bill (Allocation of Time)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1968.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 14th March 1968

There should be a chance to reconsider the whole position in view of the financial situation. Not only is there a financial crisis raging, but next week we shall have the Budget. We cannot ignore the effect of all these events on the fate of the Bill. As it involves the expenditure of considerable sums of public money, it is clearly desirable that the whole proceedings should be brought to an end so that we can reconsider the matter when the financial position is much clearer. This is no time for the Government to press on with a Motion to guillotine a Measure which is clearly not in the public interest nor in our financial interests, with a dwindling majority, a lost deposit in a recent by-election and a catastrophic financial situation. We should adjourn consideration of the time-table Motion to another day.