§ MR. CROMBIE
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, whether he will refer the Agricultural Rating (Scotland) Bill to a Standing Committee, including all the Scottish Members of Parliament?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
As the hon. Member is aware, the practice of the House has always been that, though there may be a Grand Committee on which Scottish opinion is very fully represented, the constitution of that Committee as regards the distribution of the parties ought to be a reflection of the constitution of the House. As regards the particular Bill which the hon. Member desires to refer to a Grand Committee, I will point out that it has been stated by Gentlemen on the Front Bench opposite, for reasons I do not fully comprehend, to be a Measure of a highly controversial character, and in these circumstances, I think, it would be improper to send it to a Grand Committee?