HC Deb 03 August 1914 vol 65 c1806

I have no idea what are the contents of the Bill, and I think that even in the extraordinary circumstances in which we are sitting, we ought at least to have the Clause read out to us before we pass it. I do not think that it is consonant with the dignity of this House that it should pass absolutely blindfold words which it has never heard read.


I do not think it will take a minute to read it.

"Bill to authorise His Majesty by Proclamation to suspend temporarily the payment of Bills of Exchange and payments in pursuance of other obligations.

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: