HC Deb 11 April 1922 vol 153 cc240-1

May I put two or three questions to the Leader of the House? First of all, will questions be answered to-morrow, seeing that the House meets at Eleven o'clock; secondly, what Votes does the right hon. Gentleman hope to take to-night; thirdly, what business do the Government intend to take when the House reassembles?


Ministers will do their best to be prepared to answer questions that are put on the Paper tomorrow, but I am sure that the House will show consideration, because they know the difficulties of the situation when the House meets early.

To-day we propose to take Works Votes, because we are anxious to get those that will facilitate, where suitable, the building that is proceeding. We therefore will take the Houses of Parliament Buildings, Revenue Buildings, Public Buildings Great Britain, Labour and Health Buildings, Great Britain, Royal Parks and Pleasure Gardens, and Art and Science Buildings, Great Britain—that is Votes 4, 8, 10, 9, 3, and 6, in the order named.

On the reassembling of the House on Wednesday, 26th April, we propose to take as the first Order, the Empire Settlement Bill, Second Reading; the Representation of the People (No. 2) Bill, Report; Canals (Continuance of Charging Powers) Bill, Second Reading; Harbours, Docks and Piers (Temporary Increase of Charges) Bill, Second Reading; and the Air Ministry (Kenley Common Acquisition) Bill, Second Reading.

Thursday, 27th April, is Supply, an Allotted Day, and I understand that there is a desire for a discussion on the Board of Education Estimates.

Friday, 28th April: Private Members' Day.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on any Lords Amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Bill be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Mr. Chamberlain.]

The House proceeded to a Division. Colonel Leslie Wilson and Mr. McCurdy were appointed Tellers for the Ayes and Mr. Hogge was appointed, Teller for the Noes: but no Member being willing to act as Second Teller for the Noes, Mr. Speaker declared that the Ayes had it