HC Deb 04 April 1921 vol 140 cc76-80

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."— [Sir R. Sanders.]


I regret that the Government have thought it necessary at five minutes to six to adjourn the House. Even if they are not prepared to proceed with their own Bills, there are other important Bills, private Bills, on the Paper. I take an interest in the first of these Bills, the Local Elections (Proportional Representation) Bill, towards which, I understand, the Minister who was responsible for that Department, but who has ceased to be responsible for it, was favourable. I should have been glad if the Government had seen their way to allow the House to sit, at any rate, until the dinner hour, while we discussed the merits of the Second Beading of that Bill. There are some Notices down on the Paper for its rejection, which, I agree raise important questions, but no question which would be likely to take a long time to discuss. There are also other Bills of an interesting character on the Paper. It is rather regrettable that having brought us back to London in weather which does not invite the attendance in London of a large number of Members of the House, the Government should so arrange their business that the House is to adjourn at five minutes to six, while on the Paper there is business which might well occupy the attention of the House. I trust that the Government will be able to give us some reason why it is necessary to adjourn the House at this early hour.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

I should like to make a protest against this invasion of the rights of the private Member. I have had only one private Bill this Session, and I am glad to say it has passed its Second Reading. May

I call attention to Bill No. 10 on the Order Paper, Importation of Plumage (Prohibition) (No. 3) Bill? Surely there could be no objection to giving that; Bill a Second Reading. Why do the Whips come down on us like a steam roller and adjourn the House because they have arranged their business so badly that we have finished at five minutes to six? Presently they will be moving the closure and gagging discussion on most important business.


There is the question of the national crisis.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Yes, there is the great national crisis. We ought to have been discussing that, and I regret very much that we burked questions on that subject at Question time. It is up to hon. Members who have some regard for the rights of the private Member to support us on this matter. We are not putting forward these Bills from a party point of view; they are not party Bills at all, and it is scandalous that the Government should adjourn the House in this manner and not give private Members a chance. I shall certainly vote against the Adjournment.

Question put, "That this House do now adjourn."

The House divided: Ayes, 138; Noes, 60.

Division No. 59.] AYES. [6.0 p.m.
Amery, Lieut.-Col. Leopold C. M. S. Elliot, Capt. Walter E. (Lanark) Lambert, Rt. Hon. George
Balrd, Sir John Lawrence Evans, Ernest Lewis, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Univ., Wales)
Banbury, Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick G. Falle, Major Sir Bertram G. Lewis, T. A. (Glam., Pontypridd)
Barlow, Sir Montague Farquharson, Major A. C. Lindsay, William Arthur
Barnett, Major R. W. Fell, Sir Arthur Lister, Sir R. Ashton
Barrie, Charles Coupar FitzRoy, Captain Hon. E. A. Lloyd, George Butler
Beauchamp, Sir Edward Flannery, Sir James Fortescue Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green)
Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Geddes, Rt. Hon. Sir E. (Camb'dge) Lorden, John William
Bennett, Sir Thomas Jewell George, Rt. Hon. David Lloyd M'Curdy, Rt. Hon. C. A.
Bethell, Sir John Henry Gilbert, James Daniel M'Lean, Lieut.-Col. Charles W. W.
Birchall, Major J. Dearman Gould, James C. Macnamara, Rt. Hon. Dr. T. J.
Bird, Sir A. (Wolverhampton, West) Greer, Harry McNeill, Ronald (Kent, Canterbury)
Borwick, Major G. O. Greig, Colonel James William Macpherson, Rt. Hon. James J.
Bowyer, Captain G. E. W. Gretton, Colonel John Maddocks, Henry
Broad, Thomas Tucker Guest, Major O. (Leic., Loughboro') Magnus, Sir Philip
Buckley, Lieut.-Colonel A. Guinness, Lieut.-Col. Hon. W. E. Mallalieu, F. W.
Bull, Rt. Hon. Sir William James Hacking, Captain Douglas H. Malone, Major P. B. (Tottenham, S.)
Burn, Col. C. R. (Devon, Torquay) Harmsworth, Hon. E. C. (Kent) Martin, Captain A. E.
Butcher, Sir John George Henderson, Major V. L. (Tradeston) Meysey-Thompson, Lieut.-Col. E. C.
Casey, T. W. Hennessy, Major J. R. G. Middlebrook, Sir William
Chamberlain, Rt. Hn. J. A. (Birm., W.) Henry, Denis S. (Londonderry, S.) Mitchell, William Lane
Chamberlain, N. (Birm., Ladywood) Herbert, Dennis (Hertford, Watford) Molson, Major John Elsdale
Churchman, Sir Arthur Hewart, Rt. Hon. Sir Gordon Moore, Major-General Sir Newton J.
Clough, Robert Hickman, Brig.-General Thomas E. Morden, Lieut.-Col. W. Grant
Coates, Major Sir Edward F. Hoare, Lieut.-Colonel Sir S. J. G. Moreing, Captain Algernon H.
Cockerill, Brigadier-General G. K. Holbrook, Sir Arthur Richard Morison, Rt. Hon. Thomas Brash
Colvin, Brig.-General Richard Beale Hood, Joseph Neal, Arthur
Courthope, Lieut.-Col. George L. Horne, Sir R. S. (Glasgow, Hillhead) Newman, Colonel J. R. P. (Finchley)
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Hunter, General Sir A. (Lancaster) Nicholson, William G. (Petersfield)
Davidson, J. C. c. (Hemel Hempstead) Hurst, Lieut.-Colonel Gerald B. Norton-Griffiths, Lieut.-Col. Sir John
Davidson, Major-General Sir J. H. Jackson, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. F. S. Parker, James
Denniss, Edmund R. B. (Oldham) Jameson, J. Gordon Pease, Rt. Hon. Herbert Pike
Doyle, N. Grattan Jesson, C. Pickering, Lieut.-Colonel Emll W.
Edgar, Clifford B. King, Captain Henry Douglas Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton
Edwards, Hugh (Glam., Neath) Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement Raw, Lieutenant-Colonel N.
Rawilnson, John Frederick Peel Stanier, Captain Sir Beville Wilson, Daniel M. (Down, West)
Rees, Capt. J. Tudor(Barnstaple) Strauss, Edward Anthony Wilson, Colonel Leslie O. (Reading)
Reid, D. D. Sutherland, Sir William Wise, Frederick
Roberts, Rt. Hon. G. H. (Norwich) Thomas-Stanford, Charles Wood, Hon. Edward F. L. (Ripon)
Robinson, Sir T. (Lanes., Stretford) Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South) Woolcock, William James U.
Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham) Thomson, Sir W. Mitchell (Maryhill) Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L.
Sanders, Colonel Sir Robert A. Thorpe, Captain John Henry Yate, Colonel Sir Charles Edward
Scott, A. M. (Glasgow, Bridgeton) Tryon, Major George Clement Yeo, Sir Alfred William
Scott, Leslie (Liverpool Exchange) Wallace, J. Young, Lieut.-Com. E. H. (Norwich)
Shortt, Rt. Hon. E. (N'castle-on-T.) Waring, Major Walter
Simm, M. T. Warren, Lieut.-Col. Sir Alfred H. TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Smith, Sir Allan M. (Croydon, South) Wild, Sir Ernest Edward Lord E. Talbot and Mr. Dudley
Adamson, Rt. Hon. William Henderson, Rt. Hon. A. (Widnes) Sexton, James
Barker, G. (Monmouth, Abertillery) Hirst, G. H. Shaw, Thomas (Preston)
Bottomley, Horatio W. Hodge, Rt. Hon. John Short, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. Hogge, James Myles Smith, W. R. (Wellingborough)
Briant, Frank Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Moss'ey) Spencer, George A.
Brown, James (Ayr and Bute) Irving, Dan Swan, J. E.
Cairns, John John, William (Rhondda, West) Thomas, Rt. Hon. James H. (Derby)
Carter, W. (Nottingham, Mansfield) Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown) Thomson, T. (Middlesbrough, West)
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord R. (Hitchin) Lawson, John J. Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plalstow)
Clynes, Rt. Hon. J. R. Lowther, Major C. (Cumberland, N.) Walsh, Stephen (Lancaster, Ince)
Conway, Sir W. Martin Lunn, William Wedgwood, Colonel J. C.
Entwistle, Major C. F. MacVeagh, Jeremiah White, Charles F. (Derby, Western)
Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Mills, John Edmund Wignall, James
Graham, R. (Nelson and Colne) Murray, Dr. D. (Inverness & Ross) Williams, Aneurin (Durham, Consett)
Graham, W. (Edinburgh, Central) Newbould, Alfred Ernest Wilson, W. Tyson (Westhoughton)
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) O'Connor, Thomas P. Wintringham, T.
Grundy, T. W. Ormsby-Gore, Hon. W. Wood, Major M. M. (Aberdeen, C.)
Guest, J. (York, W. R., Hemsworth) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring) Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Hall, F. (York, W. R., Normanton) Robertson, John
Hallas, Eldred Rose, Frank H. TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Hartshorn, Vernon Royce, William Stapleton Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy and
Mr. A. Davies.

Adjourned accordingly at six minutes after Six o'clock.