HC Deb 15 November 1917 vol 99 c730

Whereupon Mr. SPEAKER, pursuant to the Order of the House of the 12th February, proposed the Question, "That this House do now adjourn."


Two nights ago I raised a question of great public importance and the Government adopted the device of counting me out, a practice to the disadvantage of the Government, not only in this House, but in the opinion of the country, showing its weakness in being unable to face fair argument. If they intend to carry out the same practice to-night I will return to the question again and again until I have made it clear not only to this House, but to the country at large, and throughout all the Dominions so that the Government will not gain by this miserable proceeding. I now proceed to the main argument. I propose to take the House over twelve months of modern Grecian history. On the 21st of January, 1916, a compact was entered into between the German Emperor on the one hand and King Constantine on the other, an elaborate agreement between the two monarchs for mutual support with terms carefully drawn up which signified that on the one hand King Constantine would not on any occasion employ the arms of Greece against Germany, but would do all that he could to defeat the military operations of the Allies as far as Greek soil was concerned—

Notice taken that forty Members were not present—


I shall raise this question until this cowardly Government is brought to the bar of public opinion.

House counted, and forty Members not being present,

The House was adjourned at Five minutes after Eleven o'clock till To-morrow, pursuant to the Resolution of the House of this day.