HC Deb 03 July 1923 vol 166 cc251-2

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister, supposing the Finance Bill tomorrow be disposed of before 11 o'clock, what business he would then propose to take?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

If there be any time available after the Finance Bill is disposed of to-morrow, we propose to proceed with the Administration of Justice Bill and the Criminal Justice Bill.


On a point of Order. May I direct your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the fact that the time allotted for the consideration and Third Reading of the Finance Bill, according to the question just asked by the hon. Member for Aberavon (Mr. MacDonald), may not be exhausted, and will you, in selecting Amendments, bear that fact in mind, because it appears that the working of the rule in the selection of Amendments is curtailing unduly the rights of private Members to move Amendments?


I think the word "unduly" is rather a reflection on the Chair.

Captain BENN

I need hardly say that I had not the least desire to reflect on the Chair, and if I did so, I withdraw it.


I endeavour to exercise my duties so as to give the House the most business-like discussion on Amendments, and to avoid repetition. I have not selected, and I do not propose to select, Amendments that were discussed at great length on the Committee stage. Were I to do so, it would be mere repetition.