§ 50. Mr. LOUGH
asked the Prime Minister whether there is any precedent for throwing out either the Consolidated Fund Bill or the Appropriation Bill as a method of attacking the Government; and if he can see his way to announce his determination to return to the former Parliamentary practice with regard to Divisions in the House that may either affect the position of the Government or involve serious financial embarrassment to the country, so that no Division will be allowed to effect these purposes, which is sprung upon the House suddenly at an unexpected time and without due notice to the Members of all parties?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I am not aware of any such precedent as my right hon. Friend mentions. In reply to the second part of the question, I am not sure that the practice to which he refers was ever part of the established usage of the House, and, in any case, I do not see my way to establish it now.
§ Mr. SWIFT MacNEILL
Has the right hon. Gentleman not ignored what was laid down by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the City of London on 25th July, 1895, and by the right hon. Gentleman himself in 13th November last year?
§ Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
May I ask whether what are called unexpected Divisions are not a recognised method of changing the Government of this country?