HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 cc1638-9

I would like to ask the Leader of the House to make a statement as to the business and as to the adjournment of the House for the Recess?


To-morrow we propose to take the Second Reading of the Scottish Land Settlement Bill.

On Monday there will be the Motion for the Adjournment, and the Prime Minister will make a statement. The Motion will take the form that the Adjournment is to take effect when the Royal Assent has been given to certain Bills, which we hope will be on Tuesday.

Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will consider the suggestion I made yesterday— that after the speech of the Secretary for Scotland, the Debate on the Second Reading of the Scottish Land Settlement Bill should be adjourned until after the Recess; whether he is aware that certain informal conversations have taken place on the matter, and that there is considerable assent to that proposal among Scottish Members?


That is a question for my Noble Friend (Lord E. Talbot). The House will meet at the usual time. When I said I would consider the question I thought it would not be possible to give the whole of Friday for the Second Reading. Now it will be possible, as far as I can see, and I hope it will be possible to get the Second Reading. If we find there is a great demand on the part of Members to discuss it further, we will consider the matter to-morrow.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some of the members from the biggest crofting and small holdings areas have never heard of this conference?

Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the whole point is that Scottish rural Members will not have time to consider the Bill, and, in view of the fact that the Secretary for Scotland is very anxious that he should have the views of the constituencies on this Bill, after the Recess, would it not be much better to adjourn the Debate, in order that we may come back from the constituencies and in continuing the Debate give the Secretary for Scotland some idea as to the Amendments to be proposed?


I have said that if it appears to-morrow that there would be an advantage in that course we will consider it. The idea was that discussion before the Adjournment would be useful. It is obvious that discussion which docs not take place cannot be useful.


Is it intended to take any other business on Friday or Monday, such as the Lords Amendments to the Welsh Church (Temporalities) Bill and the Transport Bill?


We hope to get through all the Lords Amendments to-day, except those to be considered, and those we will take either on Monday or Tuesday as they are made. I will communicate with the Noble Lord as to when they will be taken.

Ordered, "That Government Business be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Mr. Bonar Law.]