HC Deb 21 December 1915 vol 77 c213

I beg to move, "That the Proceedings on Government Business, if under discussion at Eleven o'clock this night, be not interrupted under the Standing Order (Sittings of the House), and may be entered upon at any hour though opposed."


I wish to ask the Prime Minister, What is the object of moving this Motion? There are on the Paper seven Government Orders, and I should like to know whether it is proposed to take the whole of them. If the Motion is moved in order to prevent the Debate in Supply coming to an end, I have no objection to that; but if it is intended, after we have had a very important Debate upon the Motion which will be presently moved in Supply, to go through other Orders, I certainly have very strong objection to the Motion. As it is moved in the form it is, I cannot help thinking it covers more than is evident on the face of it, and unless the right hon. Gentleman can give a satisfactory reply, as the Motion can be debated, I hope hon. Members will take advantage of it and debate it.


Did not the Whip on our side say "other Orders"? I do not know whether the two other Whips which circulate on behalf of the Government also said other Orders would be taken. That, of course, is another point in favour of the question I put.


The object of the Motion really is to obtain the Vote in regard to men. We shall not go beyond the second Order on the Paper.

Question put, and agreed to.

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