HC Deb 18 June 1912 vol 39 cc1485-6

asked whether, having regard to the fact that two days of Parliamentary time have proved insufficient to dispose of a single Amendment to the Government of Ireland Bill, and recognising the general desire to afford reasonable facilities for the discussion of every material section of this measure within the limits of time available during the remainder of this Session, the Government have yet considered any plan for so allocating the time available for the Committee stage of the Bill as to ensure reasonable opportunity for the discussion of all material Clauses?


asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to his assurance that sufficient opportunity would be afforded for discussing all Amendments intended to improve the Government of Ireland Bill and to the time already spent discussing an Amendment acknowledged by right hon. Members supporting it to be destructive, he has calculated and will state the time discussion of the Bill in Committee would occupy at the present rate of progress, and the number of days available for the purpose; and if he will say what arrangement he proposes for securing at least half of those days for discussion of Amendments manifestly intended to improve the Bill as distinguished from those manifestly intended to destroy it?


I cannot say more at present than that the matter is not being lost sight of by the Government.