asked the Prime Minister what arrangements have been made for the discharging of the duties usually performed by the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department when a Member of this House?
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)
It will not, I trust, be long before my hon. Friend returns to this House. In the meanwhile, the Home Secretary informs me that the Coal Mines Bill, which is the only matter in which special arrangements are necessary, can be satisfactorily conducted through its next few sittings by the two other Ministers who have been associated with it from the beginning. With the conclusion of the Grand Committee on the Shops Bill, which may be soon expected, he will if necessary be able to attend the Coal Mines Committee himself.