HC Deb 17 June 1920 vol 130 cc1621-2

Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the Law with respect to the supply of Gas, it is expedient to authorise the payment, out of moneys to be provided by Parliament, for two years after the passing of such Act, by way of advance to the extent that may be necessary, of the expenditure of the Board of Trade in the execution of their powers and duties under such Act, such instalments in each case to be repaid in the next three succeeding years.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

May we be informed what is the sum involved?


I explained the whole thing last the island. Having made that purchase, why should we turn it over to the League of Nations, when it is a matter far removed from anything connected with the operations of that body?

Question put, "That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."

The House divided: Ayes, 60; Noes, 20.

Division No. 143.] AYES. [12.15 a.m.
Addison, Rt. Hon. Dr. C. Gibbs, Colonel George Abraham Purchase, H. G.
Agg-Gardner, Sir James Tynte Gilmour, Lieut.-Colonel John Rankin, Captain James S.
Atkey, A. R. Green, Albert (Derby) Raw, Lieut.-Colonel N.
Baird, John Lawrence Green, Joseph F. (Leicester, W.) Remer, J. R.
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Hamilton, Major C. G. C. Roundell, Colonel R. F.
Balfour, George (Hampstead) Henderson, Major V. L. (Tradeston) Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Barnett, Major R. W. Hinds, John Sanders, Colonel Sir Robert A
Bell, Lieut.-Col. W. C. H. (Devizes) Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley) Scott, A. M. (Glasgow, Bridgeton)
Billing, Noel Pemberton- James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert Sprot, Colonel Sir Alexander
Breese, Major Charles E. Knights, Capt. H. N. (C'berwell, N.) Stanley, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. G. F.
Bridgeman, William Clive Law, Rt. Hon. A. B. (Glasgow, C.) Steel, Major S. Strang
Chadwick, Sir Robert Lort-Williams, J. Sturrock, J. Leng
Cockerill, Brigadier-General G. K. Loseby, Captain C. E. Sugden, W. H.
Cope, Major Wm. Macmaster, Donald White, Lieut.-Col. G. D. (Southport)
Edwards, Major J. (Aberavon) Montagu, Rt. Hon. E. S. Whitla, Sir William
Eyres-Monsell, Commander B. M. Moore, Major-General Sir Newton J. Wills, Lieut.-Colonel Sir Gilbert
Falcon, Captain Michael Nall, Major Joseph Wilson, Colonel Leslie O.(Reading)
Farquharson, Major A. C. Norris, Colonel Sir Henry G. Young, Sir Frederick W. (Swindon)
Foreman, Henry Parry, Lieut.-Colonel Thomas Henry
Forestier-Walker, L. Philipps, Sir Owen C. (Chester, City) TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Forrest, Walter Pulley, Charles Thornton Lord Edmund Talbot and Mr. Parker.
Benn, Captain Wedgwood (Leith) Maclean, Neil (Glasgow, Govan) Swan, J. E.
Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. Morgan, Major D. Watts Thomson, T. (Middlesbrough, West)
Coote, Colin Reith (Isle of Ely) Mosley, Oswald Wood, Major M. M. Aberdeen, C.)
Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwellty) Murray, John (Leeds, West) Young, Lieut.-Com. E. H. (Norwich)
Entwistle, Major C. F. Palmer, Charles Frederick (Wrekin)
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Hartshorn, Vernon Seely, Major-General Rt. Hon. John Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy and Dr. Murray.
Lawson, John J. Smith, W. R. (Wellingborough)

night to the satisfaction of the hon. and gallant Gentleman (Captain Wedgwood Benn).

Captain W. BENN

The hon. Gentleman is wrong. I was not here last night.


Or his Leader. The total amount, which cannot be exceeded, is £20,000, but that is only a Treasury advance, and it has to be repaid with interest in the course of three years.

Question put, and agreed to.