HC Deb 05 August 1903 vol 126 cc1591-2

Can the Government state in what order Report of Supply will be taken on Monday, and has the right hon. Gentleman any other information to give with regard to the course of business?


I do not propose to take anything after the Committee stage of the Sugar Convention Bill to-night, which will, or ought to, involve long discussion; but there are certain formal stages which should be taken. The order of the Report of Supply on Monday will greatly depend on how far we proceed with Supply on Thursday. I shall be glad to consult those interested in the matter, so that we mar turn to the very best account the hours the Standing Order gives us on the last day of Supply. In consequence of the absence of my noble friend the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who is ill and unable to be in his place, it will not be possible to take the Foreign Vote on Thursday.

* SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)

Has not some communication been made to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury with regard to the order of Supply on Thursday? We all regret the absence of the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

SIR A. ACLAND-HOOD (Somerset-shire,) Wellington

explained the order of Supply to be taken on Thursday would be the Irish Estimates, and Class 1, Vote 12, would immediately succeed the Irish Votes. The hon. and gallant Gentleman added that the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs expected to be back in his place on Monday, in which case the Foreign Office Vote would then come on.

MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford)

I had hoped it might be possible to take the Irish Land Bill on Monday.


I do not think it would be possible to get the Bill printed with the Lords' Amendments in time for Monday. In addition to that it is necessary to take Supply on Monday if the session is to be wound up at the time fixed, and I hope that the arrangement will not be disturbed.