I just want to say that this motion does not indicate any change of policy, and that there has been, in fact, no political discrimination such as has been suggested. The Deputies who have spoken tried hard to meet the Chair in relating what they have said to this motion. I think, however, that the matters they have raised could be more appropriately discussed at another time. I was asked whether there were any reasons for this motion, and I said "no." I do not think it is necessary to give any special reasons, in view of the fact that, on a previous occasion, I indicated to the House that we were joining the two Ministries for special reasons. The reasons then given seemed sufficiently good to the House. At any rate, Deputies did not show any objection to the change of keeping two Ministries together. Everybody knows, of course, that each of these Ministries provides full work for any individual, and that it is only exceptional circumstances which would at all warrant the joining of them together. We have now arrived at a situation in which, I think, the present change can be made, and of bringing the position back to what should be the normal, namely that one Minister should be in charge of each of these important Departments of State.
I do not think, as I have said, that there is any need to give any special explanation. In any case, where it is simply a question of one Minister going from one Department to another, I do not think it well to establish the precedent of giving a detailed explanation as to why each particular change has been effected. It is for members of the House, if they do not like the change and if they want information, to ask for it; but in a case of this sort, of one Minister going from one Department to another. I do not think it well to establish a precedent by giving a detailed explanation of the reason for such changes. Members of the House can ask for any information they require, but at the moment I think it ought to be sufficient to say that for the better conduct of government these changes are thought desirable, and the motion is now before the House for that reason.