HC Deb 24 July 1923 vol 167 cc230-5

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he can state what further business it is proposed to take this week; when it is proposed that the House shall adjourn for the Summer Recess; what business it will be necessary to conclude before the Adjournment; and what Bills will be postponed until the Autumn?


I must apologise for the length of this answer. Tonight, after 11 o'Clock, we propose to take the Report and Third Reading of the Railways (Authorisation of Works) Bill, the Town Councils (Scotland) Bill [Lords], the Lords Amendments to the Railway Fires Act (1905) Amendment Bill, and the Committee stage of the National Diamond Factory (Guarantee Agreement) Money Resolution, and Navy Expenditure, 1921–22.

On Thursday, we shall put down the Board of Trade Vote.

On Friday, further consideration of the Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords], the National Diamond Factory (Guarantee Agreement) Bill, the Second Reading of the Administration of Justice Bill [Lords], and, if received from another place, Lords Amendments to Bills.

In regard to the date of the Summer Recess, I hope that it will be possible for the House to adjourn on Thursday of next week (2nd August), until Tuesday, 13th November.

The business outstanding after this week which we must ask the House to dispose of before the Adjournment is as follows:

Supply: We shall conclude the business of Supply this week, and it will then remain to pass the Appropriation Bill through all its stages.

We hope to obtain all stages of the National Diamond Factory (Guarantee Agreement) Bill and Financial Resolution if this Bill proves to be non-contentious.

Second Reading of the Administration of Justice Bill [Lords], if not obtained on Friday, and of the Criminal Justice Bill [Lords], and Lords Amendments, if any, to Bills which have already passed this House, including the Agricultural Rates Bill and the Rent Restrictions Bill.

We propose to postpone until the autumn further consideration of the following Bills now before Parliament:

and of Bills which have originated in another place, if any of them are received in this House before the Adjournment.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say which Vote in connection with the Board of Trade will be taken on Thursday?


I think it is proposed to take the main Vote.

Lieut.-Colonel J. WARD

Does the exchange of the Board of Trade Vote on Thursday, instead of what was originally arranged, the Foreign Office Vote, mean that there will be no discussion on the French occupation of the Ruhr during the remaining part of the Session?


No, certainly not. There will be opportunity for discussion, as I originally anounced, on the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give facilities for the promised relief to pre-War naval and military pensioners?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he has not mentioned the Merchandise Marks Bill?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that Bill will take the greater part of the Autumn Session?


A very useful Bill, then? With regard to the pre-War pensioners, that subject, as has already been stated, will be taken in the Autumn Session. My hon. Friend will remember that I made an announcement that pensioners will not lose by that, because the date will be fixed at such a date as would have been taken if the Bill had been passed now. With regard to the other Bill which my hon Friend mentioned, that is at present under consideration.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House).—[The Prime Minister.]

The House divided: Ayes, 246; Noes, 160.

Division No. 305.] AYES. [3.55 p.m.
Agg-Gardner, Sir James Tynte Barrie, Sir Charles Coupar (Banff) Bridgeman, Rt. Hon. William Clive
Ainsworth, Captain Charles Becker, Harry Brittain, Sir Harry
Alexander, E. E. (Leyton, East) Bell, Lieut.-Col. W. C. H (Devizes) Brown, Major D. C. (Hexham)
Alexander, Col. M. (Southwark) Bellairs, Commander Carlyon W. Brown, Brig.-Gen. Clifton (Newbury)
Amery, Rt. Hon. Leopold C. M.S. Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Brown, J. W. (Middlesbrough, E.)
Apsley, Lord Bennett, Sir T. J. (Sevenoaks) Bruford, R.
Archer-Shee, Lieut.-Col. Sir Martin Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish- Bruton, Sir James
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Wilfrid W. Berry, Sir George Buckingham, Sir H.
Astbury, Lieut.-Com. Frederick W. Betterton, Henry B. Burn, Colonel Sir Charles Rosdew
Baird, Rt. Hon. Sir John Lawrence Bird, Sir R. B. (Wolverhampton, W.) Butcher, Sir John George
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Blades, Sir George Rowland Butler, H. M. (Leeds, North)
Balfour, George (Hampstead) Blundell, F. N. Butt, Sir Alfred
Banbury, Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick G. Bowyer, Capt. G. E. W. Button, H. S.
Barlow, Rt. Hon. Sir Montague Boyd-Carpenter, Major A. Cadogan, Major Edward
Barnett, Major Richard W. Brass, Captain W. Cautley, Henry Strother
Barnston, Major Harry Brassey, Sir Leonard Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City)
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Sir Evelyn (Aston) Hoare, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir S. J. G. Pollock, Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Murray
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord R. (Hitchin) Hogg, Rt. Hon. Sir D.(St. Marylebone) Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton
Chadwick, Sir Robert Burton Holbrook, Sir Arthur Richard Privett, F. J.
Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. N. (Ladywood) Hood, Sir Joseph Raine, W.
Clayton, G. C. Hopkins, John W. W. Rankin, Captain James Stuart
Cobb, Sir Cyril Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley) Rawlinson, Rt. Hon. John Fredk. Peel
Cockerill, Brigadier-General G. K. Houfton, John Plowright Rawson, Lieut.-Com. A. C.
Cohen, Major J. Brunel Howard, Capt. D. (Cumberland, N.) Rees, Sir Beddoe
Colfox, Major Wm. Phillips Howard-Bury, Lieut.-Col. C. K. Reid, Capt. A. S. C. (Warrington)
Colvin, Brig.-General Richard Beale Hudson, Capt. A. Reid, D. D. (County Down)
Conway, Sir W. Martin Hughes, Collingwood Remer, J. R.
Cope, Major William Hunter-Weston, Lt.-Gen. Sir Aylmer Remnant, Sir James
Craig, Captain C. C. (Antrim, South) Hurd, Percy A. Reynolds, W. G. W.
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Hurst, Gerald B. Rhodes, Lieut.-Col. J. P.
Crooke, J. Smedley (Deritend) Hutchison, G. A. C. (Midlothian, N.) Richardson, Lt.-Col. Sir P. (Chertsey)
Curzon, Captain Viscount Hutchison, W. (Kelvingrove) Roberts, Samuel (Hereford, Hereford)
Davies, Alfred Thomas (Lincoln) Inskip, Sir Thomas Walker H. Robertson-Despencer,Major(lslgtn,W)
Davies, Thomas (Cirencester) Jackson, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. F. S. Robinson, Sir T. (Lancs., Stretford)
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert Rogerson, Capt. J. E.
Dawson, Sir Philip Jephcott, A. R. Roundell, Colonel R. F.
Doyle, N. Grattan Jodrell, Sir Neville Paul Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Du Pre, Colonel William Baring Joynson-Hicks, Sir William Russell, William (Bolton)
Edmondson, Major A. J. Kennedy, Captain M. S. Nigel Russell-Wells, Sir Sydney
Ednam, Viscount King, Captain Henry Douglas Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Erskine, James Malcolm Monteith Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement. Sanderson, Sir Frank B.
Erskine, Lord (Weston-super-Mare) Lamb, J. Q. Sandon, Lord
Erskine-Bolst, Captain C. Lane-Fox, Lieut.-Colonel G. R. Sheffield, Sir Berkeley
Evans, Capt. H. Arthur (Leicester, E.) Leigh, Sir John (Clapham) Simpson-Hinchliffe, W. A.
Eyres-Monsell, Com. Rt. Hon. Sir B. M. Lloyd, Cyril E. (Dudley) Singleton, J. E.
Falle. Major Sir Bertram Godfray Lloyd-Greame, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip Skelton, A. N.
Fawkes, Major F. H. Locker-Lampson. G. (Wood Green) Somerville, A. A. (Windsor)
Fermor-Hesketh, Major T. Lorden, John William Somerville, Daniel (Barrow-in-Furness)
Flanagan, W. H. Lorimer, H. D. Spears, Brig.-Gen. E. L.
Ford, Patrick Johnston Lougher, L. Spender-Clay, Lieut.-Colonel H. H.
Forestier-Walker. L. Lowe, Sir Francis William Steel. Major S. Strang
Foxcroft, Captain Charles Talbot Loyd, Arthur Thomas (Abingdon) Stewart, Gershom (Wirral)
Fraser, Major Sir Keith Lumley, L. R. Stockton, Sir Edwin Forsyth
Frece, Sir Walter de Macnaghten, Hon. Sir Malcolm Stuart, Lord C. Crichton-
Fremantle, Lleut.-Colonel Francis E. McNeill, Ronald (Kent. Canterbury) Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
Furness, G. J. Makins, Brigadier-General E. Sugden, Sir Wilfrid H.
Ganzoni, Sir John Manville, Edward Thompson, Luke (Sunderland)
Gardiner, James Margesson, H. D. R. Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Garland, C. S. Mercer, Colonel H. Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Gaunt, Rear-Admiral Sir Guy R. Milne, J. S. Wardlaw Wallace, Captain E.
Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John Mitchell, W. F. (Saffron Walden) Ward, Col. L. (Kingston-upon-Hull)
Goff, Sir R. Park Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham) Ward, Col. J. (Stoke-upon-Trent)
Gray. Harold (Cambridge) Molloy, Major L. G. S. Waring, Major Walter
Gretton, Colonel John Moore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C. Watson, Capt. J. (Stockton-on-Tees)
Guinness, Lieut.-Col. Hon. W. E. Morrison, Hugh (Wilts, Salisbury) Watts, Dr. T. (Man., Withington)
Gwynne, Rupert S. Morrison-Bell,Major Sir A. C. (Honiton) Wells, S. R
Hacking, Captain Douglas H. Murchison, C. K. Wheler, Col. Granville C. H.
Hall, Rr-Adml Sir W. (Liv'p'hW.D'by) Nail, Major Joseph White, Lt.-Col. G. D. (Southport)
Halstead, Major D. Newman, Colonel J. R. P. (Finchley) Wilson, Col. M. J. (Richmond)
Hamilton, Sir George C. (Altrincham) Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter) Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George
Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry Nicholson, Brig.-Gen. J. (Westminster) Winterton, Earl
Harmsworth, Hon. E. C. (Kent) Nicholson, William G. (Petersfield) Wise, Frederick
Harrison, F. C. Norman, Major Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Wolmer, Viscount
Harvey, Major S. E. Norton-Griffiths, Lieut.-Col. Sir John Wood, Rt. Hn. Edward F. L. (Ripon)
Hawke, John Anthony Oman, Sir Charles William C. Wood, Sir H. K. (Woolwich, West)
Hay, Major T. W. (Norfolk, South) O'Neill, Rt. Hon. Hugh Wood, Maj. Sir S. Hill- (High Peak)
Henn, Sir Sydney H. Ormsby-Gore, Hon. William Woodcock, Colonel H. C.
Hennessy, Major J. R. G. Paget, T. G. Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L.
Herbert, Col. Hon. A. (Yeovil) Parker, Owen (Kettering) Yate, Colonel Sir Charles Edward
Herbert, S. (Scarborough) Pennefather, De Fonblanque Yerburgh, R. D. T.
Hewett, Sir J. P. Percy, Lord Eustace (Hastings)
Hilder, Lieut.-Colonel Frank Perkins, Colonel E. K. TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—Colonel Leslie Wilson and Colonel the Rt. Hon. G. A. Gibbs.
Hiley, Sir Ernest Peto, Basil E.
Acland, Rt. Hon. Francis Dyke Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. Cowan, D. M. (Scottish Universities)
Adams D. Broad, F. A. Davies, Evan (Ebbw Vale)
Adamson, Rt. Hon. William Brotherton, J. Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton)
Alexander, A. V. (Sheffield, Hillsbro') Brown, James (Ayr and Bute) Davison, J. E. (Smethwick)
Ammon, Charles George Buckle, J. Duffy, T. Gavan
Attlee, C. R. Burgess, S. Duncan, C.
Barker, G. (Monmouth, Abertillery) Burnie, Major J. (Bootle) Dunnico, H.
Barnes, A. Buxton, Charles (Accrington) Ede, James Chuter
Batey, Joseph Cape, Thomas Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwellty)
Benn, Captain Wedgwood (Leith) Charleton, H. C. Emlyn-Jones, J. E. (Dorset, N.)
Berkeley, Captain Reginald Clarke, Sir E. C. Evans, Ernest (Cardigan)
Bonwick, A. Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Falconer, J.
Bowdler, W. A. Collison, Levl Foot, Isaac
Graham, W. (Edinburgh, Central) Leach. W. Short, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Gray, Frank (Oxford) Lee, F. Simon, Rt. Hon. Sir John
Greenall, T. Linfield, F. C. Smith, T. (Pontefract)
Grenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan) Lowth, T. Snell, Harry
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) Lyle-Samuel, Alexander Snowden, Philip
Groves, T. MacDonald, J. R. (Aberavon) Spencer, H. H. (Bradford, S.)
Grundy, T. W. M'Entee, V. L. Stephenson, Lieut.-Colonel H. K.
Guthrie, Thomas Maule McLaren, Andrew Stewart, J. (St. Rollox)
Hall, F. (York, W. R., Normanton) Maclean, Neil (Glasgow, Govan) Strauss, Edward Anthony
Hall, G. H. (Merthyr Tydvil) Macpherson, Rt. Hon. James I. Sturrock, J. Leng
Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Shetland) Marshall, Sir Arthur H. Sullivan, J.
Hancock, John George Martin, F. (Aberd'n & Kinc'dine, E.) Sutherland, Rt. Hon. Sir William
Harbord, Arthur Middleton, G. Thomson, T. (Middlesbrough, West)
Hardie, George D. Millar, J. D. Thorne, G. R. (Wolverhampton, E.)
Hay, Captain J. P. (Cathcart) Moreing, Captain Algernon H. Thome, W. (West Ham, Plalstow)
Hayday, Arthur Morel, E. D. Tout, W. J.
Hayes, John Henry (Edge Hill) Morrison, R. C. (Tottenham, N.) Trevelyan, C. P.
Henderson, Sir T. (Roxburgh) Mosley, Oswald Turner, Ben
Henderson, T. (Glasgow) Muir, John W. Wallhead, Richard C.
Herriotts, J. Murnin, H. Walsh, Stephen (Lancaster, Ince)
Hill, A. Murray, R. (Renfrew, Western) Warne, G. H.
Hinds, John O'Connor, Thomas P. Watson, W. M. (Dunfermline)
Hirst, G. H. Oliver, George Harold Watts-Morgan, Lt.-Col. D. (Rhondda)
Hodge, Rt. Hon. John Parkinson, John Allen (Wigan) Webb, Sidney
Hutchison, Sir R. (Kirkcaldy) Pattinson, R. (Grantham) Wedgwood, Colonel Josiah C.
Irving, Dan Phillips, Vivian Weir, L. M.
Jenkins, W. (Glamorgan, Neath) Ponsonby, Arthur Westwood, J.
John, William (Rhondda, West) Potts, John S. White, Charles F. (Derby, Western)
Johnston, Thomas (Stirling) Pringle, W. M. R. White, H. G. (Birkenhead, E.)
Johnstone, Harcourt (Willesden, East) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring) Whiteley, W.
Jones, Henry Haydn (Merioneth) Ritson, J. Williams, David (Swansea, E.)
Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown) Roberts, C. H. (Derby) Williams, Dr. J. H. (Lianelly)
Jones. Morgan (Caerphilly) Roberts, Frederick O. (W. Bromwich) Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Jones, R. T. (Carnarvon) Robertson, J. (Lanark, Bothwell) Wilson, C. H. (Sheffield, Attercliffe)
Jowett, F. W. (Bradford, East) Robinson, W. C. (York, Elland) Wintringham, Margaret
Kenworthy, Lieut.-Commander J. M. Rose, Frank H. Wood, Major M. M. (Aberdeen, C.)
Kenyon, Barnet Royce, William Stapleton Wright, W.
Kirkwood. D. Salter, Dr. A Young, Rt. Hon. E. H. (Norwich)
Lambert, Rt. Hon. George Scrymgeour, E. Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Lansbury, George Sexton, James
Lawson, John James Shaw, Thomas (Preston) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—Mr. Spoor and Mr. Lunn.;

Question put, and agreed to.