HC Deb 07 June 1920 vol 130 cc188-90

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Lord Edmund Talbot.]


Can we have any information as to the business to be taken to-morrow and Wednesday?

Lord EDMOND TALBOT (Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury).

We shall have to take the Agriculture Bill on Wednesday, and the Government hope that the Second Reading may be obtained by Eight o'clock. The Government of Ireland Bill will, therefore, have to be postponed till next week. Tomorrow the first part of the sitting will be devoted to the Motion of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Platting Division (Mr. Clynes) on the question of war wealth, and the Government hope that time may afterwards be found for the Second Reading of the Gas Regulation Bill.


Having regard to the peculiar importance of the Agriculture Bill will the Government decide whether they are willing to let it go to a Committee of the Whole House or will it be sent to Standing Committee upstairs?


The Government propose to send it to a Committee upstairs.


Will the Noble Lord, considering the importance of the Measure and the shortness of the time which Members have had for discussion on the Second Reading, and, having regard to the fact that the only possibility of making any material alteration in the Bill will be on the Committee stage, say whether the Government are prepared to take the opinion of the House before they send it upstairs?


The Government cannot help taking the opinion of the House, but will oppose any Motion to send it to a Committee of the Whole House.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

If the Gas Bill be finished to-morrow, is it the intention of the Government to take the Firearms Bill or any other Bill?


If there be time after the Gas Bill, the Government propose to take the Tithe Rent Charge Bill.

Question put, and agreed to.

Adjourned accordingly at Five Minutes after Eleven o'clock.