§ Now I turn to the remaining Government Programme. There are, as far as I know, three Bills, and three only, of those with which we intend to proceed that can be described as of a controversial character. There is first and foremost,
§ and, thirdly,
§ Those Bills we hope to pass through this House. I come next to a series of Bills, none of which can be described as contentious, but which it is essential we should get through—
- Housing and Town Planning Bill,
- House Letting and Rating (Scotland) Bill,
- Colonial Naval Defence Bill,
- Naval Establishments Bill,
- Expiring Laws Continuance Bill,
- Electric Lighting Acts Amendment Bill,
§ one of the three Departmental Bills to which I referred, and
§ The County Councils Mortgages Bill, which I am told is the Bill of the right 1674 hon. Gentleman the Chief Opposition Whip (Sir A. Acland-Hood). There are three other Bills which have not yet been introduced, but which we should hope will receive the assent of Parliament, but about which I do not profess to speak in very sanguine terms—
§ which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has promised and will probably introduce next week, and which I believe he regards as of a non-controversial character.
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The Noble Lord the Member for Marylebone shakes his head, but he has not seen the Bill. Until that Bill has seen the light of day, and has been subjected to the scrutiny of a few days' Parliamentary observation, I hesitate to pronounce a definite judgment on its character or reception. The third Bill in the same category is
The Police Bill.
That is a Bill which I believe everybody would like to see passed, because it makes provision for an extra day of rest for the police in accordance with the Report of the Select Committee, and I should trust that that will go through without serious opposition. There are two other Bills, also Home Office Bills, which it is very desirable to pass if possible—