§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR (Manchester, E.)
I wish to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer a few questions with regard to Business. First, as to the Saturday Sittings. It was usual, in the time of the late Government, to make Saturday Sittings subject to the Wednesday Rule, and I wish the right hon. Gentleman to indicate whether or not it is the intention of the Government to prolong the Saturday Sitting to any important extent beyond the hour of adjournment on Wednesday? Then I would ask the right hon. Gentleman to take the Report on the Foreign Office Vote to-night at a rather earlier hour than usual to-night, as an important question about Armenia, which it was proposed to raise on that Vote, was shut out by the action of the right hon. Gentleman.
§ SIR W. HARCOURT
We propose to follow the precedent set by the late Government, and not continue the Saturday Sitting after 7 o'clock. With regard to the other question of the right hon. Gentleman, I should not have moved the Closure on the Foreign Office Vote if I had not thought that the question was practically settled. But, as I understand there was some misapprehension on that point, we will take the Report at 12 o'clock.