HC Deb 04 May 1909 vol 4 cc903-4

I wish to ask two questions. I am not sure whether they should be addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer or the Prime Minister. The first question is: Are all the Resolutions which the Chancellor requires for his Budget already on the Paper? The second is: With what order do the Government propose to proceed? What is the Resolution that they propose to take first on Monday, which I understand will be the first day after the general discussion is closed?


I think perhaps in consequence of some things that were said yesterday it may possibly be necessary to add another Resolution as to imported foreign beer, which gives an addition to the revenue of £500. Subject to that the Resolutions are on the Paper. I

will not say what will be done on Monday until Thursday, when I shall make a general statement. It will, I think, be convenient that I should say we propose to continue the general Debate until dinner time to-morrow. We would be prepared to continue it further until next week if an understanding could be arrived at that the remaining Resolutions would not be discussed at length. If some prospect of that kind is not held out I think we ought to conclude the general Debate to-morrow, and proceed with the specific Resolutions on Monday.


May I ask will the Development Bill be introduced before the second reading of the Finance Bill?


I cannot say as to that without notice.