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Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement upon Government Business for the remainder of this series of Sittings and why it is proposed to suspend the Rule to-day?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I understand that the new scheme of registration for the 16–18 age-group will be brought into operation before the House meets again. Will the right hon. Gentleman endeavour to arrange some discussion on that subject?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Has the Prime Minister any statement to make about the forthcoming Business of the House?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Can the Prime Minister now make his promised statement on the war in the Far East and elsewhere?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I wish to indicate the attitude of my hon. and right hon. Friends to this Bill after the discussion of last week, in which we expressed our opinion as to the background from which it ought to be viewed. Now that we have reached the Second Reading, our view is that the Bill is inevitable, for unless we can obtain the resources of man-power and woman-power which the Bill provides, we cannot...
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I am very glad to hear that.
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I realise the distinction my hon. Friend has made, and that is why up to the present I have distinctly said, "women called up for military service." I do not think this protection is given to women who would be directed to industrial appointments. I feel that on the Committee stage of this Bill hon. Members could usefully devote themselves to an examination of this truly difficult problem. I...
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: We recognise, therefore, the high significance attached to it, but what it means will depend entirely upon the degree to which it is implemented in the future. Proposals will be brought before the attention of the Government to carry out what we believe should be done, and the response to these proposals will undoubtedly have a very big effect on the future attitude of my hon. Friends to the...
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I think I may say that the Government are fully aware of what I am referring to, and I am in a position now in which I know as much about the affair as the Government themselves. There are suspicions that under the Bill workers will be bandied about, in spite of their loss of wages, whereas certain sections of big business will assist the war effort only on conditions which include high...
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I. have been asked by my hon. Friends to express our complete approval and support of the declaration which the Prime Minister has made, and I think that in that I am speaking not only for those with whom I sit in the House but for the House as a whole. We are confronted with the initiation of a war carried out with a perfidy and an infamy which are equal to those of Hitler and Mussolini...
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he will state the forthcoming Business of the House?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether, in view of the large number of Members who wish to take part in the Debate on Maximum National Effort, he will make any arrangements for an additional day to be given for this Debate?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: In regard to the Committee stage of the Bill, does the Lord Privy Seal recognise that we cannot at this moment say how many days will be needed for such a very complex Measure, and will he bear in mind that it may be necessary to adjust the Business accordingly?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Is it not the case that the final decision on this subject is to be taken to-morrow, and will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to see that no vital decision is taken until the Government have considered it?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make with regard to the relations between His Majesty's Government and the Government of Mexico?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: (by Private Notice) asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has any statement to make about the development of the school meals and milk services with a view to ensuring the proper nutrition of children?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord President of the Council whether he can make a statement with regard to the form of Business this day?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will state the forthcoming Business of the House?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: With regard to the third Sitting Day, I understand that the Prime Minister does not wish to make one of his usual war surveys, but if in accordance with the first sentence Members of the House desire to raise questions about the war, I presume there will then be some Ministerial statement in reply, either from himself or from one of his colleagues?
Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: (by Private Notice) asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he has any statement to make about the Business for this day?