HC Deb 26 July 1897 vol 51 cc1088-9
SIR W. HARCOURT (Monmouthshire, W.)

I wish to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in arranging the business of Supply for to-morrow and other days, he will be good enough to put down the Supplementary Education Vote in such a position that there will be a fair opportunity of discussing it?


I will endeavour to meet the right lion. Gentleman's views; and I may as well tell the house now how the business of Supply stands for this week. To-morrow will have to be given to Supply, and, according to an arrangement made on Friday, there will be a discussion on the wages question which will come up on the Vote for military stores. It was understood that that discussion would not be prolonged, and that the important Vote for naval construction should come on before dinner. Wednesday will be devoted to Bills, and Thursday will have to be devoted to Supply instead of Friday, because I understand that the House of Lords will not be able to send down the Workmen's Compensation Bill until Thursday night. It will be for the convenience of the House that that Bill should be taken at the earliest possible date; and, though there may be difficulties about printing, I hope the House will allow us to take the Bill on Friday. I shall move the suspension of the Sessional Order requiring Friday to be devoted to Supply; and when Supply comes on on Thursday the Education Vote will be the first.

MR. T. R. BUCHANAN (Aberdeenshire, E.)

asked what Bills would be taken on Wednesday.


We shall finish the stages of Bills far advanced in the main.

SIR H. FOWLER (Wolverhampton, E.)

As to the 22nd Order on to-night's Paper—a new Bill of considerable magnitude, which has come down from the Lords, the Lunacy Bill—will the right hon. Gentleman take that Bill to-night or at all?


I certainly shall not take the Bill to-night, because I understand that it is not printed. I am informed that the Bill was brought in in another place as a non-contentious kill, and that probably it will be non-contentious here. But I quite agree that it would be impossible to find time for its discussion if it were to prove contentious.

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