59. Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that on the 25th, 26th, and 27th November the House rose at 9.40 p.m., 5.25 p.m., and 6.58 p.m., respectively, and that on the other hand the greater part of the Government of India Bill was taken in Committee between 11 p.m. on the 4th and I a.m. on the 5th December; and whether, by a more careful arrangement of the work of the House, such important Bills can in future be considered at an earlier hour when the House is better able to afford them proper consideration?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As the hon. and gallant Member is aware, the discussion on the Government of India Bill was interrupted by the Motion for the Adjournment being granted for 8.15 p.m. on the same day, which was not part of the Government programme of business. But for this interruption, no doubt the Committee stage would have been completed by 11 p.m.