§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."
§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
I should like to ask whether it is due to a blunder on the part of some Government official that the Committee stage of the Banks of England and Ireland (Payments) Bill was placed upon the Order Paper before the Money Resolution relating to the same Bill, because I noticed that, instead of proceeding with the clauses of that Bill when the House went into Committee upon it, a Member of the Government at once moved to report Progress, which was done.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir JOHN GORST,) Chatham
I might point out to the hon. Member that, apart from the question of whether there has been any mistake in putting the Bill upon the Paper as No. 3 and the Money Resolution as No. 5, no progress could be made with the clauses of the Bill until the Money Resolution has been reported. As that cannot be done until 1500 Monday, no delay will take place in consequence of the order in which the two stages have been placed upon the Paper.
§ SIR JOHN LUBBOCK (London University)
I wish to put a question to the Under Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Stuart Wortley) with reference to the Shop Hours Bill. It has been unanimously passed by a Select Committee, who went so far as to pass a Resolution that it was very desirable the Bill should pass. It is a Bill to enable Local Authorities to appoint Inspectors to carry out the provisions of the Act passed in this House two years ago; and I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman if he cannot agree to granting facilities so that the Bill may become law?
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. STUART WORTLEY,) Sheffield, Hallam
The light hon. Baronet is aware that I am not in a position to control the business of the House, but I will convey to the First Lord the facts stated by him. So far as I am aware, the conditions necessary for its being put into the Paper with Government Bills have been met, so far as they could be met on this side of the House.
§ *SIR RICHARD TEMPLE (Worcester, Evesham)
With reference to the Secondary School Teachers' Registration Bill, No. 21 on the Paper, I think those who are interested in it are entitled, in some degree, to protest against the arrangement of the Government whereby that Bill, which has been read a second time, is shut out from the Committee stage. It is a Bill which, although introduced by a private Member, has received a considerable amount of support, being backed by the hon. Member for Eccles (Mr. Roby) and the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Leeds (Sir Lyon Playfair). It is based on the Report of a Select Committee of this House, and is approved by the Education Department. I submit that, as it has been shut out from the Committee stage to-day, some opportunity should be given for passing it next week. I hope the Government will carefully consider if that cannot be done.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ House adjourned at a quarter before Six o'clock.