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Business Of The House

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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May I ask the Leader of the House to tell us the Business for next week? [Laughter.] I mean, of course, when we resume after the Recess. I apologise to the right hon. Gentleman for having appeared to intrude into his domestic matters.

There will be plenty of business next week.

When the House resumes on Tuesday, 3rd June, it is proposed to take the Report stage and Third Reading of the Industrial Organisation Bill.

Wednesday and Thursday, 4th and 5th June, the Report stage of the Agriculture Bill.

Friday, 6th June, Second Reading of the Companies Bill [ Lords], and the Committee stage of the necessary Money Resolution.

During the week we hope there will be an opportunity to obtain the Committee stage of the additional Ways and Means Resolution relating to Income Tax (Armed Forces of the Crown), and the Second Reading of the Education (Exemptions) (Scotland) Bill [ Lords].

Is it possible for the right hon. Gentleman to say when a statement on India will be made?

I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister that it is not possible to give an indication at the moment as to when any statement on India will be made.

In view of the extremely important decision that has been given recently in relation to the Rent Acts and the further complications which have ensued in consequence of it, are the Government likely to take any steps to introduce a fresh Rent Bill?

I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health is in communication with the chairman of the appropriate rent tribunal. We have no intention at the moment of introducing rent legislation.

Can my right hon. Friend say whether time will be found to debate a Motion on the Order Paper in the names of 72 Members, on world federation?

[That in order to raise the standard of living of the peoples of the world and to maintain world peace, this House requests His Majesty's Government to affirm Britain's readiness to federate with any other nations willing to do so 'on the basis of a federal constitution to be agreed by a representative constituent assembly.]

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any indication of when the Agriculture (Emergency Payments) Bill will be taken?

That will be arranged, but I am not in a position to make a statement at the moment.

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that it will be as soon as possible?