HC Deb 19 October 1920 vol 133 cc779-89

May I ask the Leader of the House whether, as I have seen stated, it is the intention of the Government to move a Motion for the Adjournment in order to make a statement with regard to the coal strike?


Yes. It is necessary, as our first business to pass a, Resolution taking the time of the House for the Government. Otherwise, tomorrow, for example, would be a Private Members' day. That is formal. We have not had it debated hitherto, I think. As soon as that is over, the President of the Board of Trade will make a statement with regard to the coal position, and in order that there may be a discussion, if that be desired, he will move the Adjournment of the House.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Will any other business be taken?


It is obvious that if the discussion goes on beyond dinner time it would be undesirable for the Government to go on with other business.


Seeing that this is such a debatable point, could not the question of allocating the whole time of the House for Government business—


When the Motion comes on the hon. Member can debate it.


I beg to move: That, for the remainder of the Session at every sitting—

  1. (1) Government Business do have precedence:
  2. (2) At the conclusion of Government Business, Mr. Speaker shall propose the Question, That this House do now adjourn, and, if that Question shall not have been agreed to, Mr. Speaker shall adjourn the House without Question put not later than one hour after the conclusion of Government Business, if that Business has been concluded before 10.30 p.m. but, if that Business has not been so concluded, not later than 11.30 p.m., provided that if notice of proceedings made in pursuance of any Act of Parliament requiring any order, rule or regulations to be laid before the House of Commons shall stand upon the Notice Paper at any sitting such proceedings shall be taken immediately after Government Business, and Mr. Speaker shall not adjourn the House until such proceedings shall have been concluded;
  3. (3) Any Private Business set down, or Motion for Adjournment standing over under Standing Order No. 10, for consideration at a quarter-past Eight o'clock on any day shall, if Government Business is concluded before that time, be taken at the conclusion of Government Business, and, for the purposes of the preceding provisions of this Order, shall be deemed to be Government Business.

This is a Motion to take the whole time of the House for Government business to the end of this Session. It is not a new proposal. On every occasion, I believe, when the exigencies of business have made an Autumn Session necessary, this Motion in almost the same form has been adopted by the House. I do not think it has any of the disadvantages which the hon. Member for Dartford (Mr. Mills) seemed to anticipate. It does not mean, of course, that the Government will not give time for the discussion of any matters in regard to which there is a general desire in the House that there should be a discussion. It does not moan that we will give time only if there is a majority in favour of it. On the contrary, we have always taken the view, and shall continue to do so, that the best place for he discussion of public questions is the House of Commons, and whenever there is any desire by any considerable number of Members of the House we will find time, as I have already agreed to find time to-day, for such discussion. I understand there is another misapprehension in regard to the last part of this Motion, that is to say in regard to the Motion for the Adjournment. It has been reported to me that some Members think that takes away the right of the Motion for Adjournment at 8.15 p.m. It does nothing of the kind. That right remains precisely as it is now. The Motion really has this advantage, that if by any chance Government business were to end earlier than 8.15 p.m., the Motion for the Adjournment would have the advantage of the additional time, and would go forward from the time Government business was concluded until eleven o'clock. I hope, therefore, that the House will agree to this Resolution without prolonged debate.


As the Leader of the House has justly said, this is a Motion which is quite customary at the beginning of every Autumn Session. I will confine what I have to say to asking him whether he can state, for the convenience of the House, what Bills the Government propose to take, if any, in addition to those now before the House, and whether he can state when the Supplementary Estimates, which must be numerous and very heavy in their commitment, will be laid before the House. Will those Estimates be laid as speedily as possible so that we can have a full opportunity of examining them in detail and giving that necessary attention to them which the House and the country require?


Many of us on this side of the House are reluctant to assent to this Motion. While it is true that this is not a new proposal, it is equally true that the circumstances existing in the country to-day, and the conditions as they probably will be in this kingdom during the next few months, are new and require a new outlook in order to deal with them. It cannot be said against those who constitute the Opposition that the time of the Government has been misused or wasted by any conduct on our part during the earlier part of the Session. It cannot be suggested that we are not likely to deal fairly and reasonably with proposals which the Government may have to bring forward relating to the internal conditions of this kingdom during the remainder of the Session. There appears to us, therefore, no ground for trying to tie down the Opposition in this manner. We have, of course, the general assurance of the Leader of the House that, given some general consent or given any considerable body of opinion in favour of time being found for discussion, that will be considered favourably by the Government; but the fact of passing a Resolution of this kind now would put Members of the House on the Opposition side under a sense of obligation not to make attempts to get opportunities for the discussion of matters, when they know quite well that those attempts would probably fail.

We look upon this Motion as one which is proposed at a most inappropriate time. We suggest at least that it could be deferred for two or three weeks in order that the House might have a sense of the fullest freedom for dealing with the very serious conditions in industry, in trade, in business, relating to unemployment, and so on. Most of all, we offer our objection to this proposal because, so far as we can see, a large part, if not the greater part, of the time of the House for the remainder of the Session is to be given to the consideration of what is called the Government of Ireland Bill. If for no other reason, at least for that reason, we should be obliged to oppose the Motion, for that Bill we consider will offer no kind of solution of the Irish trouble and will mean no more than a waste of time of the House. In face of the Irish situation, to proceed with such a measure and to ask us to give unlimited time to the Government in order to deal with it, is to invite us to be parties to a sinful waste of parliamentary time. We suggest that instead of asking for the full time of the House for the purposes named the Government of Ireland Bill should be dropped, and that the Irish question should be dealt with from a different standpoint altogether. [HON. MEMBERS: "NO, no"] I marvel at hon. Members believing, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, growing evidence to the contrary, that when this Bill reaches the Statute Book there will be a solution in any sense whatever of the Irish question. We suggest the withdrawal of this Motion and thereby the concession to the House at large of the fullest freedom to deal with the very serious industrial situations which are constantly recurring.

4.0 P. M.


I desire to make one point with regard to the rights of Private Members. I understand that the Resolution will make it impossible for a Private Member's Bill to be taken at 11 o'clock at night, although it may be unopposed. If that be so, I really think that it is going very much further than the Government need go, and I hope that the right hon. Gentleman will consider the possibility of so moving his Resolution as to allow us, after 11 o'clock at night, to take those Private Members' Bills which may be unopposed.


As Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, it may be my duty to have to ask for time for the discussion of the Report of that Committee. It has been the constitutional practice of the Government, when such an opportunity has been sought to grant it, and I should like to be sure that there is nothing in this Motion to interfere with that opportunity being given this Session.


I should be glad if the right hon. Gentleman could make one point a little more clear. No one appreciates more than I do the extraordinary ability and facility with which he handles, not only an excited, but an angry House. He tells us that he is willing, as representing the Government, to give any substantial section of the House every facility for raising any subject which may be considered by them, as distinct from the Government, of national importance. He knows quite well that provided 40 Members rise n any occasion such indulgence may be obtained under our present rules. Therefore one can only assume that he intends to give us some further indulgence, because, if he does not wish us to understand that he will be satisfied with less than 40 Members signifying their desire to debate any subject, he is giving us very little. Would he consider that there are not 40 Members of this House in Opposition agreed upon any point at all? He is taking away all the Private Members' Bills and all the possibilities of one or two individuals introducing any subject for the consideration of this House and only leaving us the Motion for the Adjournment. The Government have really made up their mind to absorb all the time of the present Session. I do ask hon. Members to consider the numerous important subjects which the Government are only too anxious to sweep aside after taking an opportunity for the Prime Minister to make—I do not say it offensively—a sensational statement upon any subject. They are not anxious for general Debates and for Motions for the Adjournment on subjects of public importance. The newspaper posters this afternoon are full of what Parliament is going to do. I cannot see any difference. What is going to happen now that did not happen before Parliament met? The Government are going to take up the whole of the time and they have taken up the whole of the time during the Recess. It is because I think there are Members anxious to raise matters which the Government are anxious to smother that I hope this is going to be pressed to a Division, so that those who wish to preserve the right of Private Members may go into the Lobby in opposition to it.


I take it that the right hon. Gentleman will be prepared to allow in some form or other a Debate on the subject of Egypt and the new arrangements being made with regard to that country? I will not press it further than to ask that an opportunity shall be given in some form or other.


Obviously, no binding step of that kind can be taken without giving the House of Commons an opportunity of expressing its opinion upon it. I am grateful to the hon. Member (Mr. Billing) for the flattering words which he used about myself, but he is wrong as far as this House of Commons is concerned. He can have had no means of judging how I deal with an angry House, because I have never experienced it. He is mistaken on another point. He says that if there are 40 Members they can always discuss any subject. That is a mistake. The Motion for the Adjournment is only given on special conditions of which Mr. Speaker is the judge. I think proof has been shown during nearly the four years that I have occupied this position of our desire to meet the views of any large section of the House. Of course, that does not mean that we shall give it on every request. The hon. Member says that there are not 40 Members of the Opposition agreed upon any one point. He is mistaken. There are more than that number agreed in their condemnation of the Government. I cannot therefore promise to give the time of the House to meet the views of a minority of one on an occasion of that kind. With regard to what was said by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Peebles (Sir D. Maclean), of course we shall give time for the Supplementary Estimates, and I would like to say that I think it is very desirable that we should be able at the earliest possible moment to tell the House exactly what business we mean to get through before we rise for the holidays. We shall do it as soon as we can, but the House will realise that it is impossible to make such a statement to-day. I think the speech of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Platting Division (Mr. Clynes) was based upon a misunderstanding. The Private Members' time which we are taking away does not give the opportunity

for the kind of discussion which he desires. There is no guarantee that the subjects which the House wishes to discuss will be discussed by such an arrangement. It is governed by the ballot. Take the very subject with which he dealt—Ireland. He will have an opportunity, if he desires, of making his speech on that subject to-morrow, but, if this Motion were not carried, to-morrow evening would be Private Members' time, and, instead of facilitating the discussion of this subject, as the House desires, it would make it more difficult. I think that I have met fairly the criticisms which have been made, and I hope that the House will now agree to the Resolution.

Sir J. D. REES

Will there be a Supplementary Estimate for India so as to allow a discussion, if desired, on the Esher Report, and the very important questions arising out of it?


I really cannot answer that question now. I do not know without notice. If that Report or any other be in a form on which action is going to be taken, I should clearly say that the House ought to have an opportunity of expressing its opinion.


Will the right hon. Gentleman answer my point?


It is obvious that we cannot do that. An Autumn Session used to be an unusual thing, called together because of the pressure of business which the Government thought ought to be carried through. It is clear that we cannot deal with Private Members' Bills in an Autumn Session.

Question put.

The House divided: Ayes, 334; Noes, 64.

Division No. 323.] AYES. [4.10 p.m.
Adair, Rear-Admiral Thomas B. S. Bell, Lieut.-Col. W. C. H. (Devizes) Brittain, Sir Harry
Adkins, Sir W. Ryland D. Bellairs, Commander Carlyon W. Britton, G. B.
Agg-Gardner, Sir James Tynte Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Broad, Thomas Tucker
Alnsworth, Captain Charles Bennett, Thomas Jewell Brown, T. W. (Down, North)
Archdale, Edward Mervyn Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish Bruton, Sir James
Astbury, Lieut.-Commander F. W. Betterton, Henry B. Buchanan, Lieut.-Colonel A. L. H
Astor, Viscountess Bigland, Alfred Buckley, Lieut.-Colonel A.
Baird, Sir John Lawrence Birchall, Major J. Dearman Bull, Rt. Hon. Sir William James
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Bird, Sir A. (Wolverhampton, West) Burdon, Colonel Rowland
Balfour, George (Hampstead) Blair, Reginald Burgoyne, Lieut.-Colonel A. H.
Banner, Sir John S. Harmood- Borwick, Major G. O. Burn, Col. C. R. (Devon, Torquay)
Barker, Major Robert H. Boscawen, Rt. Hon. Sir A. Griffith. Burn, T. H. (Belfast, St. Anne's)
Barlow, Sir Montague Bottomley, Horatio W. Butcher, Sir John George
Barnston, Major Harry Bowyer, Captain G. E. W. Campion, Lieut.-Colonel W. R.
Barrand, A. R. Boyd-Carpenter, Major A. Carr, W. Theodore
Barrle, Charles Coupar Bramtdon, Sir Thomas Carson, Rt. Hon. Sir Edward H.
Barrie, Rt. Hon. H. T. (Lon'derry, N.) Breese, Major Charles E. Carter, R. A. O. (Man., Withington)
Beauchamp, Sir Edward Bridgeman, William Clive Casey, T. W.
Beck, Sir C. (Essex, Saffron Walden) Briggs, Harold Cautley, Henry S.
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Evelyn (Birm., Aston) Holbrook, Sir Arthur Richard Oman, Sir Charles William O.
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord H. (Ox. Univ.) Holmes, J. Stanley O'Neill, Major Hon. Robert W. H.
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord R. (Hitchin) Hood, Joseph Ormsby-Gore, Captain Hon. W.
Chadwick, R. Burton Hope, James F. (Sheffield, Central) Palmer, Major Godfrey Mark
Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. J. A. (Birm., W.) Hope, J. D. (Berwick & Haddington) Parker, James
Chamberlain, N. (Birm., Ladywood) Hopkins, John W. W. Parkinson, Albert L. (Blackpool)
Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston S. Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley) Parry, Lieut.-Colonel Thomas Henry
Clay, Lieut.-Colonel H. H. Spender Home, Edgar (Surrey, Guildford) Pearce, Sir William
Clough, Robert Home, Sir R. S. (Glasgow, Hillhead) Peel, Col. Hon. S. (Uxbridge, Mddx.)
Coates, Major Sir Edward F. Hume-Williams, Sir W. Ellis Pennefather, De Fonblanque
Coats, Sir Stuart Hunter, General Sir A. (Lancaster) Perkins, Walter Frank
Cohen, Major J. Brunei Hurd, Percy A. Perring, William George
Colfox, Major Wm. Phillips Hurst, Lieut.-Colonel Gerald B. Philipps, Gen. Sir I. (Southampton)
Conway, Sir W. Martin Illingworth, Rt. Hon. A. H. Philipps, Sir Owen C. (Chester, City)
Coote, Colin Reith (Isle of Ely) Inskip, Thomas Walker H. Pickering, Lieut.-Colonel Emil W.
Cory, Sir C. J. (Cornwall, St. Ives) Jackson, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. F. S. Pilditch, Sir Philip
Cowan, Sir H. (Aberdeen and Kinc.) James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert Pinkham, Lieut.-Colonel Charles
Craig, Colonel Sir J. (Down, Mid) Jesson, C. Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Jodrell, Neville Paul Pratt, John William
Croft, Lieut.-Colonel Henry Page Johnstone, Joseph Prescott, Major W. H.
Curzon, Commander Viscount Jones, J. T. (Carmarthen, Llanelly) Pulley, Charles Thornton
Dalziel, Rt. Hon. Sir J. H. (Kirk'dy) Jones, William Kennedy (Hornsey) Purchase, H. G.
Davies, Alfred Thomas (Lincoln) Joynson-Hicks, Sir William Raeburn, Sir William H.
Davies, Thomas (Cirencester) Kellaway, Rt. Hon. Fredk. George Ramsden, G. T.
Davies, Sir William H. (Bristol, S.) Kenyon, Barnet Rankin, Captain James S.
Davies, M. Vaughan- (Cardigan) Kerr-Smiley, Major Peter Kerr Raper, A. Baldwin
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) King, Captain Henry Douglas Rawlinson, John Frederick Peel
Dawes, James Arthur Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement Rees, Sir J. D. (Nottingham, East)
Dean, Lieut.-Commander P. T. Knight, Major E. A. (Kidderminster) Rees, Capt. J. Tudor- (Barnstaple)
Denison-Pender, John C. Lambert, Rt. Hon. George Reid, D. D.
Denniss, Edmund R. B. (Oldham) Lane-Fox, G. R. Remer, J. B.
Dixon, Captain Herbert Larmor, Sir Joseph Remnant, Sir James
Doyle, N. Grattan Law, Rt. Hon. A. B. (Glasgow, C.) Richardson, Alexander (Gravesend)
Duncannon, Viscount Lewis, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Univ., Wales) Roberts, Rt. Hon. G. H. (Norwich)
Du Pre, Colonel William Baring Lewis, T. A. (Glam., Pontypridd) Roberts, Sir S. (Sheffield, Ecclesall)
Edge, Captain William Lindsay, William Arthur Robinson, Sir T. (Lanes., Stretford)
Edwards, Major J. (Aberavon) Lloyd, George Butler Rodger, A. K.
Elliot, Capt. Walter E. (Lanark) Lloyd-Greame, Major Sir P. Rothschild, Lionel de
Elliott, Lt.-Col. Sir G. (Islington, W.) Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green) Roundell, Colonel R. F.
Eyres-Monsell, Commander B. M. Locker-Lampson, Com. O. (H'tingd'n) Royds, Lieut.-Colonel Edmund
Falle, Major Sir Bertram G. Lonsdale, James Roiston Rutherford, Sir W. W. (Edge Hill)
Fisher, Rt. Hon. Herbert A. L. Lorden, John William Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Ford, Patrick Johnston Loseby, Captain C. E. Samuel, Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Norwood)
France, Gerald Ashburner Lowe, Sir Francis William Sanders, Colonel Sir Robert A.
Ganzoni, Captain Francis John C. Lyle, C. E. Leonard Scott, A. M. (Glasgow, Bridgeton)
Gardiner, James Lyle-Samuel, Alexander Seager, Sir William
Gardner, Ernest Lynn, R. J. Seddon, J. A.
Geddes, Rt. Hon. Sir E. (Camb'dge) M'Donald, Dr. Bouverie F. P. Seely, Major-General Rt. Hon. John
George, Rt. Hon. David Lloyd Macdonald, Rt. Hon. John Murray Shaw, Hon. Alex. (Kilmarnock)
Gibbs, Colonel George Abraham Mackinder, Sir H. J. (Camlachie) Shaw, William T. (Forfar)
Gilbert, James Daniel Macmaster, Donald Shortt, Rt. Hon. E. (N'castle-on-T.)
Glyn, Major Ralph M'Micklng, Major Gilbert Simm, M. T.
Goff, Sir R. Park Macnamara, Rt. Hon. Dr. T. J. Smith, Sir Allan M. (Croydon, South)
Gould, James C. McNeill, Ronald (Kent, Canterbury) Sprot, Colonel Sir Alexander
Grant, James A. Macquisten, F. A. Stanley, Major Hon. G. (Preston)
Green, Joseph F. (Leicester, W.) Magnus, Sir Philip Stevens, Marshall
Greenwood, Colonel Sir Hamar Mallaby-Deeley, Harry Stewart, Gershom
Greer, Harry Malone, Major P. B. (Tottenham, S.) Strauss, Edward Anthony
Greig, Colonel James William Manville, Edward Sturrock, J. Leng
Gritten, W. G. Howard Marks, Sir George Croydon Sugden, W. H.
Guest, Major O. (Leic, Loughboro') Marriott, John Arthur Ransome Surtees, Brigadier-General H. C.
Guinness, Lieut.-Col. Hon. W. E. Mason, Robert Sutherland, Sir William
Hacking, Captain Douglas H. Matthews, David Sykes, Colonel Sir A. J. (Knutsford)
Hall, Captain Douglas Bernard Middlebrook, Sir William Sykes, Sir Charles (Huddersfield)
Hall, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich) Mildmay, Colonel Rt. Hon. F. B. Taylor, J.
Hall, Rr-Adml Sir W. (Liv'p'l. W. D 'by) Mitchell, William Lane Terrell, Captain R. (Oxford, Henley)
Hambro, Captain Angus Valdemar Moles, Thomas Thomas, Sir Robert J. (Wrexham)
Hamilton, Major C. G. C. Molson, Major John Elsdale Thomas-Stanford, Charles
Hanna, George Boyle Mond, Rt. Hon. Sir Alfred M. Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Hanson, Sir Charles Augustin Moore, Major-General Sir Newton I. Thorpe, Captain John Henry
Harmsworth, C. B. (Bedford, Luton) Moore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C. Tickler, Thomas George
Harris, Sir Henry Percy Morden, Colonel H. Grant Townley, Maximilian G.
Haslam, Lewis Morris, Richard Tryon, Major George Clement
Henderson, Major V. L. (Tradeston) Morrison-Bell, Major A. C. Turton, E. R.
Hennessy, Major J. R. G. Wesley, Oswald Waddington, R.
Henry, Denis S. (Londonderry, S.) Munro, Rt. Hon. Robert Wallace, J.
Herbert, Hon. A. (Somerset, Yeovil) Murray, C. D. (Edinburgh) Walters, Rt. Hon. Sir John Tudor
Herbert, Dennis (Hertford, Watford) Murray, John (Leeds, West) Walton, J. (York, W. R., Don Valley)
Hewart, Rt. Hon. Sir Gordon Nall, Major Joseph Ward, Col. L. (Kingston-upon-Hull)
Hickman, Brig.-General Thomas E. Neal, Arthur Ward, William Dudley (Southampton)
Higham, Charles Frederick Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter) Warren, Lieut.-Col. Sir Alfred H.
Hilder, Lieut.-Colonel Frank Newton, Major Harry Kottingham Wheler, Lieut.-Colonel C. H.
Hills, Major John Waller Nicholl, Commander Sir Edward White, Lieut.-Col. G. D. (Southport)
Hinds, John Nicholson, William G. (Petersfield) Whitla, Sir William
Hoare, Lieut.-Colonel Sir S. J. G. Norman, Major Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Wigan, Brig.-General John Tyson
Hohler, Gerald Fitzrey Norris, Colonel Sir Henry G. Wild, Sir Ernest Edward
Williams, Col. Sir Ft. (Dorset, W.) Wood, Hon. Edward F. L. (Ripon) Young, Lieut.-Com. E. H. (Norwich)
Williamson, Rt. Hon. Sir Archibald Wood, Sir H. K. (Woolwich, West) Young, Sir Frederick W. (Swindon)
Wilson, Daniel M. (Down, West) Woods, Sir Robert Young, W. (Perth & Kinross, Per[...])
Wilson, Colonel Leslie O. (Reading) Woolcock, William James U. Younger, Sir George
Wilson-Fox, Henry Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L.
Winfrey, Sir Richard Yate, Colonel Charles Edward TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Wise, Frederick Yeo, Sir Alfred William Lord E. Talbot and Captain Guest.
Adamson, Rt. Hon. William Hallas, Eldred Royce, William Stapleton
Barnes, Major H. (Newcastle, E.) Hartshorn, Vernon Sexton, James
Billing, Noel Pemberton- Henderson, Rt. Hon. A. (Widnes) Shaw, Thomas (Preston)
Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. Hirst, G. H. Short, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Brace, Rt. Hon. William Hodge, Rt. Hon. John Sitch, Charles H.
Briant, Frank Hogge, James Myles Smith, W. R. (Wellingborough)
Brown, James (Ayr and Bute) Irving, Dan Spencer, George A.
Cairns, John Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown) Swan, J. E.
Carter, W. (Nottingham, Mansfield) Kenworthy, Lieut.-Commander J. M. Thomas, Rt. Hon. James H. (Derby)
Clynes, Rt. Hon. J. R. Kiley, James D. Thomas, Brig.-Gen. Sir O. (Anglesey)
Davies, A. (Lancaster, Clitheroe) Lawson, John J. Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)
Davies, Major D. (Montgomery) Lunn, William Walsh, Stephen (Lancaster, Ince)
Davies, Evan (Ebbw Vale) Mills, John Edmund Waterson, A. E.
Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwellty) Morgan, Major D. Watts White, Charles F. (Derby, Western)
Edwards, G. (Norfolk, South) Murray, Dr. D. (Inverness & Ross) Wignall, James
Entwistle, Major C. F. Myers, Thomas Williams, Aneurin (Durham, Consett)
Galbraith, Samuel Newbould, Alfred Ernest Wintringham, T.
Glanville, Harold James O'Connor, Thomas P. Wood, Major M. M. (Aberdeen, C.)
Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Rendall, Athelstan
Graham, R. (Nelson and Colne) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Grundy, T. W. Robertson, John Mr. T. Griffiths and Mr. Tyson
Guest, J. (York, W. B., Hemsworth) Robinson, S. (Brecon and Radnor) Wilson.
Hall, F. (York, W. R., Normanton) Rose, Frank H.

Question put, and agreed to.

Ordered, "That, for the remainder of the Session at every sitting:

  1. (1) Government business do have precedence;
  2. (2) At the conclusion of Government Business, Mr. Speaker shall propose the Question, That this House do now adjourn, and, if that Question shall not have been agreed to, Mr. Speaker shall adjourn the House without Question put not later than one hour after the conclusion of Government Business, if that Business has been concluded before 10.30 p.m., but, if that Business has not been so concluded, not later than 11.30 p.m., provided that if notice of proceedings made in pursuance of any Act of Parliament requiring any order, rule, or regulations to be laid before the House of Commons shall stand upon the Notice Paper at any sitting such proceedings shall be taken immediately after Government Business, and Mr. Speaker shall not adjourn the House until such proceedings shall have been concluded;
  3. (3) Any Private Business set down, or Motion for Adjournment standing over under Standing Order No. 10, for consideration at a quarter-past Eight o'clock on any day shall, if Government Business is concluded before that time, be taken at the conclusion of Government Business, and, for the purposes of the preceding provisions of this Order, shall he deemed to be Government Business."