HC Deb 09 July 1924 vol 175 cc2262-3

Can the Deputy Leader of the House say how late he proposes that the House should sit to night and what is the business in respect of which he proposes to suspend the Eleven o'clock Rule?


In addition to the items of business previously mentioned, others have been communicated through the usual channels, namely, the Agricultural Wages [Regulation] Money Resolution; the Prevention of Eviction Bill, Lords Amendments; and the Telegraph [Money] adjourned Debate on the Financial Resolution. In view of the late hour to which the House carried on its work this morning, it would not be reasonable to ask the House to sit very late to-night. On getting the suspension of the Eleven o'clock Rule, we shall ask the House to sit not later than 12 o'clock. I hope that we may be able to get through our business by 11.30.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider that the time has arrived to reconsider the methods under which the business of this House is conducted. I refer particularly to the waste of time by dilletante people who pay other people to do the real work for them, so that we have to sit here until 6 o'clock in the morning in order to get the real work of this House done? Is it not time that consideration should be given to this sort of nonsense? The time that is wasted is terrible.


I understand that the House got through a good deal of business last night.


Can the right hon. Gentleman make any statement as to whether the Government proposes to accept the Lords Amendments to the Prevention of Eviction Bill?


At the moment I can only say that I understand the promoters of the Bill, as well as the Government, desire to save as much of the Bill as possible and that, therefore, it is probable the Lords Amendments will be agreed to.

Ordered, That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Mr. Clynes.]