I rise to place on record my dissatisfaction with this flawed procedure. It seems to me that it would be far more appropriate if the Committee were the master of its own destiny and if, instead of extending the time limit this afternoon, we could choose to sit for an extra day on Tuesday. I am sure that that would be far more convenient to many members of the Committee, who may have evening engagements back in their constituencies, particularly as the one thing that was certain from the outset was that we would finish at 4 oclock today. Yet as I understand the position, the Committee has no power to decide to sit next week, because of a resolution of the House. It is unfortunate that the Government have placed us in this position.
It might help if I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is signifying objection to the motion or merely commenting on it. Perhaps he might indicate that before we go further.
I was commenting on the flawed procedure. If I am forced to decide whether we have totally inadequate time by finishing at 4 oclock or reasonably inadequate time by going on until 6 oclock, I will choose the latter.