With permission, I wish to make a statement about the rearrangement of business.
At the end on Tuesday, following the opening of the defence debate, the motion on financial assistance to the Meriden Motor Cycle Co-operative.
On Wednesday, debate on the Opposition censure motion.
On Thursday, Lords amendments to the Social Security (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, motion on the Family Income Supplements (Compuutation) Regulations and motions on the European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Orders. As already announced, the Chairman of Ways and Means has opposed Private Business for consideration at 7 o'clock.
On Monday 28th March, conclusion of the debate on the Defence Estimates.
The debate will open tomorrow and conclude next Monday. Before then we shall have put down a motion—[interruption.]—we shall have put down a motion in plenty of time for the Opposition to make up their minds by how much they wish to increase public expenditure in this field.
The right hon. Gentleman can appreciate the situation perfectly well. There is a normal practice in this House whereby when there is a two-day debate on these matters, the Division takes place on the second day. The motion will be put down in plenty of time for hon. Members to put down amendments to it if they wish to do so.
I must press the Leader of the House. It is intolerable to start a two-day debate without a motion in front of us. Surely it is not unreasonable, 24 hours beforehand, to know the motion on which we shall be voting next Monday. In a multi-party Parliament I am sure that the minor parties at least will require that much of the Government.