HC Deb 09 September 1909 vol 10 cc1486-7

In accordance with the request of the Prime Minister, may I repeat my question of yesterday as to what are the arrangements the right hon. Gentleman proposes to make for discussion in the Grand Committee of the Development and Road Improvement Funds Bill? May I also ask whether he proposes, if the Licensing Clauses of the Finance Bill are finished to-night, to take any other matter?


Before the right hon. Gentleman replies, may I ask whether he is aware that the Development Bill has been described by the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydvil (Mr. Keir Hardie) as "the most revolutionary measure ever introduced into Parliament, and that it endorses one of the main principles of the Right to Work Bill," and whether, in view of the fact that this opinion is shared by other Members, he thinks it fair to ask the Committee to begin its consideration in the third week in September?


I do not assent to the description given of the Bill, which does not seem to be borne out by the numbers in the Division on the second reading. With regard to the question of the Leader of the Opposition, we shall be glad to indicate to the Chairman of the Standing Committee, so far as we can, in advance, the days on which the Finance Bill will be taken, so as to enable him to consult the convenience of Members as to the days on which the Committee shall sit. With reference to the other question put by the right hon. Gentleman, when we have finished the Licensing Clauses to-night we shall not take any controversial business; certainly nothing without consent.

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