Mr Oscar Murton: Order. I allowed some latitude to a previous contributor to the debate when we got on to the subject of connections to water supply and other problems both of supply and drainage, interesting though they may be. However, we must relate this debate to the composition of the water authority concerned. I do not wish to be difficult, but we must obey the rules of the House.
Mr Oscar Murton: With the agreement of the House, I propose to put together the Questions on the remaining orders.
Mr Oscar Murton: I understand that it may be convenient to put all the Lords amendments together. If any hon. Member desires to speak on any Lords amendment, perhaps he will signify his intention now, otherwise I shall take them in groups.
Mr Oscar Murton: Can the hon. Gentleman relate his question to an amendment?
Mr Oscar Murton: Which amendment?
Mr Oscar Murton: With the agreement of the House, I will take Lords amendments Nos. 1 to 8 together.
Mr Oscar Murton: With this we are to take Lords amendment No. 10, in page 27, line 23, leave out from "order" to end of line 27.
Mr Oscar Murton: Order. Will the hon. Gentleman relate his remarks to the amendments, just for the sake of order?
Mr Oscar Murton: With this it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendments Nos. 6 and 7.
Mr Oscar Murton: With this we may discuss Lords amendments Nos. 2 to 6, 12, 13, 17 to 20, 24 to 26 and 34 to 50, including amendment No. 49A.
Mr Oscar Murton: I beg to move, That (1) the Promoters of every Private Bill which has originated in this House or has been brought from the House of Lords in the present Session of Parliament shall have leave to suspend any further proceeding thereon in order to proceed with that Bill, if they think fit, in the next Session.(2) the Agent for the Promoters of any such Bill intending to suspend any further...
Mr Oscar Murton: It will be convenient to discuss at the same time Government amendment No. 41.
Mr Oscar Murton: Before we continue with the debate, I should like to tell the House that Mr. Speaker has been informed of the incident which has occurred and has directed me to say that he has the deepest concern for the injured person and wishes to convey his great sympathy for all relatives in their distress.
Mr Oscar Murton: Perhaps I should inform the hon. Gentleman that Mr. Speaker did not select this amendment for Division, but only for discussion.
Mr Oscar Murton: That can be done, and I will use my discretion in the matter.
Mr Oscar Murton: In order to save the time of the House, I propose to put together the three motions to approve statutory instruments.
Mr Oscar Murton: Mr. Speaker desires me to remind the House that it is proposed that consideration of the Shackleton report and the motion relating to the order be taken in one debate.
Mr Oscar Murton: I have been listening very carefully to what the hon. Member for Belfast, West (Mr. Fitt) has been saying. On the one hand, it could be said that he is on the extreme margin of admissibility under the rules of order. On the other hand, the hon. Member has shown considerable skill in keeping within the terms of the Act. I know that he will help the Chair by not going into the question of any...
Mr Oscar Murton: The hon. Member for Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder) is using rather extreme language, and he is getting outside the bounds of order.
Mr Oscar Murton: Order. I cannot allow two or three what I would call"cross-channel debates"from sedentary positions while the hon. Lady is speaking.