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Question Time (Extension)

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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With regard to the very serious inroad on Question time, it might be convenient for the House, Mr. Speaker, that a longer period should be given, although, of course, I must submit to you whether it might be the wish of the House to make an inroad upon the Standing Order.

You will notice that there are 85 Questions upon the Order Paper, Mr. Speaker. I hope that you will give the House the privilege of having the usual time for Questions.

If the House agrees, and in view of the somewhat unusual circumstances which have just occurred, I suggest that we should extend Question time by half-an-hour. I would like to impress upon Members, however, that they must not regard this as a precedent, otherwise Question time might be postponed time and time again, which would be most unfair to hon. Members generally.