HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 c2744
45. Mr., DUNNICO

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the large increase, both in the volume and importance of the business brought before the House of Commons, and the impossibility under present conditions of devoting to such business the attention it merits, he will give early consideration to the advisability of so re-arranging the hours of the Sittings of the House and, if necessary, the periods of vacation, as shall avoid a House mentally and physically exhausted being called upon to determine matters of vital importance?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Bonar Law)

I do not consider that the hon. Member's proposal is practicable.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Were not these hours arranged for the convenience of the legal profession, and is it not a fact that there are fewer lawyers in the House now than ever before?


I do not think it is for the convenience of the legal profession so much as for the convenience of the Government Departments.


In view of the widespread demand in this House for such a change, will the right hon. Gentleman give an opportunity to the House to discuss the proposals embodied in this question?


Is the Prime Minister not aware that Members on this side have not been accustomed to work such long hours as we are now working?