§ MR. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S.W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the proposed alteration in the Parliamentary Session; and if he will give facilities for a discussion upon the subject.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I do not think anything but good would ensue upon a discussion of this question by the House, and I hope my hon. friend will be successful in the ballot. There are two points to be considered in connection with this matter—one is the great difficulty of rearranging the session in view of the legal end of the financial year and the necessity of getting through the greater part of Supply after the financial year. The second difficulty which has always influenced me in throwing cold water on the proposal is that, while I am quite sure it would be easy to make the session begin earlier, I am not quite sure it would be easy to make it end earlier.