§ Order read for consideration of Lords Amendments.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Lords Amendments be now considered."
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have no intention of making, and it is very little use making a speech now, but I cannot allow the Motion that these Amendments be now considered, at twelve minutes to six o'clock, to go without a protest. This Bill is one of the important fundamental Bills of the Government policy of reconstruction. It was nineteen days in the Grand Committee, three or four days in the Report stage, and has taken several days in the House of Lords. It is now brought back for us to consider several very important Amendments. There are some of those Amendments with which the Government will propose to disagree, thereby promoting trouble between the two Houses. These Amendments will possibly involve us in a quarrel with the other House. I do not think we ought to be asked to take them at twelve minutes to six in the morning after being up all night sitting to consider another Bill. Many of us are deeply interested in this Bill, and we tried to improve it on the Report stage. I do not intend now to discuss whether the Lords Amendments are an improvement or not. I simply submit my protest to the Government. I know they are here to force this Bill through now, whether or not there is opposition argument of Amendments proposed. They are not going to listen to any opposition or argument. I feel that I would not be discharging my duty if, after the efforts we have made to improve the Bill in previous stages, I were now to allow this Motion to go without a protest and without making my own protest.
§ Lord R. CECIL
I should like to say, in addition to what the hon. Member has just said, with every word of which I agree, that I hope the other House will take notice of the extremely difficult conditions under which we are considering their Amendments, of great importance, and to which the other House evidently has given considerable thought, and, if the con- 1552 sideration of these Amendments turns out to be somewhat perfunctory, that they would not hesitate to exercise their constitutional rights in the matter.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Lords Amendments accordingly considered.
§ TITLE—An Act to Establish a Ministry of Ways and Communications and for Purposes Connected Therewith.
§ Lords Amendment:
§ Leave out the words "Ways and Communications," and insert instead thereof the word "Transport."—Agreed to.