HC Deb 14 March 1911 vol 22 cc2065-6

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman who leads the House whether he can inform the House what business will be taken on Friday of this week?


It is proposed on Friday to begin the sitting with the Reports, of the Supplementary Estimates. I understand that discussion is to conclude in three hours. Thereafter we shall propose to take the Second Reading of the Coal Mines Regulation Act (Amendment) Bill. That is a measure which, I understand, from certain information that has reached us from the usual channels, is not regarded as a party measure in the ordinary sense, inasmuch as it affects the safety of the mining community which is viewed with interest in all quarters of the House. Of course, the Government could not claim, though they would hope, that the Bill might be remitted within that short time to a Grand Committee, where its numerous points of complicated and technical detail could receive that thorough and searching examination which they undoubtedly require. But, of course, we are entirely in the hands of the Opposition.