HC Deb 18 March 1918 vol 104 c673
The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Bonar Law)

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


What business is proposed to be taken under this Order?


I wish to put a question on the hypothetical basis that the right hon. Gentleman is taking the Second Reading of the Army (Annual) Bill to-night. In that case I understand the arrangement is that the Committee stage is to be taken to-morrow. Obviously if the Second Reading be taken late to-night, it is extremely inconvenient to those interested who desire to put down Amendments, and the suggestion I would make on behalf of a number of Members who are interested in the Bill is that there is no reason why it should not be postponed until after Easter, as a number of Members wish to take part in the Committee stage.


When is it proposed to take the Trustee Savings Banks Bill?


Have the Government decided to refer the Education Bill, after Second Reading, to a Committee of the Whole House?


The last question has already been answered. That is our intention. As regards the Trustee Savings Banks Bill, if it be reached at a reasonable hour we shall proceed with it, but not otherwise. I hope to get the first four Orders to-night. As regards the Army (Annual) Bill, we want to get it before Easter, but it is not absolutely essential, and we will consider postponing it. We are quite ready to take that course, if it be considered desirable.

Question put, and agreed to.