HC Deb 17 July 1905 vol 149 cc901-2
MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he will arrange to prolong the session until at least the Unemployed Bill and the Workmen's Compensation Bill are carried into law; and whether, in the event of this being impracticable, he will call together Parliament early in the autumn to secure the passing of the Unemployed Bill in time to enable local authorities to take any necessary action under it before the winter.


I beg also to Ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he is aware of, and has considered, the repeated declarations of Judges and magistrates, that changes of the law in the sense of the proposals of the Prevention of Corruption Bill and the Betting Bill are urgently necessary to check grave commercial and social evils; whether he is aware that the organised temptations to betting, offered to women and children as well as to men, and leading to habitual gambling and frequently to crime, are greatly on the increase in populous centres, and that sporting mid - day editions of newspapers are now being circulated gratuitously to all employees at certain large works in towns like Manchester; and whether he will consider the advisability of devoting part of the remainder of the session to useful and urgent legislation of this type.


I am very anxious that the Workmen's Compensation Bill should pass. I am not aware that it will require much discussion. It is another matter, however, to ask that there should be an autumn session to discuss that Bill, the Prevention of Corruption Bill, and the Betting Bill. That is a self-denying proposal which will not meet with universal approval even on the hon. Member's own side of the House, and certainly not of the House generally.


Does the right hon. Gentleman prefer to pass his Redistribution Bill to measures of great social importance—


Order, order! That is an argumentative question.