§ MR. C. J. MONK (Gloucester)
I beg to ask the First Lord to the Treasury whether the Government will take into consideration the desirability of proposing an alteration in the Standing Orders by placing Orders of the Day before Notices of Motion on Tuesdays, in consequence of the frequency of counts-out on those evenings, and of the time occupied in Debates of a purely academic interest preceding the consideration of Bills, some of which, though introduced by private Members, have passed the Second Reading by large majorities, but eventually became dropped Orders through the operation of the 12 o'clock Rules, and the inability of the Members in charge of them to find an opportunity of carrying them through any further stage?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
In answer to my hon. Friend I have to remind him that ever since he and I have been in the House, and for a long time before, Tuesday, by universal practice, has been given to Resolutions; and I cannot think that any large section of the House would have any great sympathy with the change which my hon. Friend suggests. Indeed, I think the House at present thoroughly enjoys its Tuesdays.