The proposals were debated in the Lords on 25/6 November and in the Commons on 14/5 December 1953. The Lords debate was on a motion tabled by Lord Halifax asking the House to disapprove of the White Paper proposals. With his consent the National Television Council had written to all peers asking them to attend the debate and support the motion. The Government responded by issuing a two-line Whip. Clement Attlee speaking at a miners’ rally the previous June had hinted that Labour would repeal the proposed measure when they were next returned to power. This effectively made it a party issue, excluding the possibility of a free vote.
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