§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he is now in a position to propose any arrangement by which a brief discussion may take place on the Clothing items of Vote 7, replacing the former Clothing Vote, so as to prevent the loss of any opportunity of discussing them in the year 1905–6.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR was understood to reply that Vote A and Vote 1 would be taken next Monday, and probably it would be the best course to discuss the Clothing Vote on that. He believed it was usual—but probably the right hon. Baronet was a great authority and knew if it were so—for the Chairman to allow a general discussion on Vote A and Vote 1.
§ MR. WHITLEY (Halifax)
But owing to the operation of the guillotine only one afternoon is given for the discussion on Vote A.
§ MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.)
We have the promise of the First Lord that on Vote 1 we shall be allowed to discuss the whole Army policy.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I am not the authority in this matter, but I have done everything that can be done to facilitate 1215 discussion. I must, however, be facilitated by hon. Gentlemen opposite, who know the rules as well as I do.