HC Deb 21 November 1906 vol 165 cc845-6
SIR A. ACLAND-HOOD (Somersetshire, Wellington)

asked as to the business for the remainder of the week and for the beginning of the next week; also when the promised discussions would take place on wireless telegraphy, Army reform, and the structural alterations in the House, and whether there would be a debate on the Report of the Public Accounts Committee.


said the Public Accounts Committee were about to present another Report, and until that was received he could say nothing as to time for a discussion on the subject. Upon wireless telegraphy and the state of the Army he had no announcement to make as to time for discussion. In arranging business for to-morrow they had to consider the exigencies of business in another place, and, with a view to that consideration, the first order would be the Third Reading of the Merchant Shipping Bill, to be followed by the report stage of the Census of Production Bill. At a quarter past 8 o'clock the business in hand would be interrupted in order that the alteration of seats in the House might be considered. On Friday the order would be the Third Reading of the Land Tenure Bill. As to the business on Monday, he the ought he would be able to answer to-morrow; he was becoming more and more timid in making these statements on business.


reminded the right hon. Gentleman of an undertaking that an opportunity should be given for discussion of Army reform during the autumn.


understood that communications were passing with the Front Opposition Bench on the subject.


explained that, the ugh there was the general understanding referred to, it would be infinitely more convenient to the House and in accordance with his desire if the discussion could be taken upon the scheme put forward as a whole. In the present autumn session he could only present his scheme in a fragmentary manner, but he was quite willing there should be discussion upon so much as there was to discuss.


said he could give no pledge. It was a matter the Leader of the Opposition would consider.


asked when Papers as to the Berlin Conference would be in the hands of the Members.


Notice had better be given of that Question.

Ordered, That the proceedings on the further consideration of the Town Tenants (Ireland) Bill, as amended, if under consideration at Eleven o'clock this night, be not interrupted under the Standing Order (Sittings of the House).—(Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman.)