HC Deb 24 July 1925 vol 186 cc2633-5

Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [21st July], "That the Bill be now read the Third time."

Question again proposed.


The main objections which have been taken to the Bill have been met by the Amendments in Committee and, particularly with regard to the objection of coursing, the Bill more than complies with the regulations of the National Coursing Club.

Captain HOPE

I should like to protest against the Bill being taken to-day. It was understood that we were going only as far as Order No. 9. There is by no means unanimity in regard to the Bill, and there is a feeling in many quarters against it. A great many people are perfectly prepared to talk against the Bill, but did not think it was coming on and are not here. There is a very strong feeling among people who take part in rabbit coursing that this is legislation against the poor man's rabbit coursing, while the rich man's hare coursing is not touched at all. I did not know the Bill was coming on, and have not prepared a long speech, nor am I prepared to speak for an hour and ten minutes and talk it out. But I should like to protest against it coming on, and I hope other Members will do the same.


I think we ought to have a little more notice before dealing with this Bill. I am not prepared to say whether it should be supported or opposed. There are very grave objections to rushing business through in this manner, when the House had not reason to expect that the Bill would be reached, and there is no opportunity of giving it that consideration that such a Measure deserves. I should like to join with my hon. Friend opposite in suggesting to those who are supporting it that it is very undesirable under the circumstances to push it through in this way.


Rabbit coursing is a very common pastime among the miners in the North of England, and I should like to have some time to consider the matter before the Bill is brought forward.

Motion made, and Question put, "That the Debate be now adjourned."—[Mr. Grotrian.]

The House divided: Ayes, 73; Noes, 57.

Division No. 318.] AYES. [2.55 p.m.
Atholl, Duchess of Gibbs, Col. Rt. Hon. George Abraham Peto, Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Balniel, Lord Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John Peto, G. (Somerset, Frome)
Barclay-Harvey, C. M. Goff, Sir Park Pielou, D. p.
Beamish, Captain T P. H. Hacking, Captain Douglas H. Remer, J. R.
Blundell, F. N. Hall, Vice-Admiral Sir R. (Eastbourne) Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Campbell, E. T. Hartington, Marquess of Sanders, Sir Robert A.
Clarry, Reginald George Harvey. Major S. E. (Devon, Totnes) Shepperson, E. W.
Clayton, G. C. Hennessy, Major J. R. G. Sketton, A. N.
Cobb, Sir Cyril Hilton, Cecil Smith-Carington, Neville W.
Cope, Major William Hope, Capt. A. O. J. (Warw'k, Nun.) Smithers, Waldron
Couper, J. B. Hopkins, J. W. W. Somerville, A. A. (Windsor)
Craik, Ht. Hon. Sir Henry Hutchison, Sir Robert (Montrose) Stanley, Col. Hon. G. F.(Will'sden, E.)
Curzon, Captain Viscount Jacob, A. E. Stanley, Lord (Fylde)
Davies, A. V. (Lancaster, Royton) King, Captain Henry Douglas Steel, Major Samuel Straag
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) Lloyd, Cyril E. (Dudley) Stuart, Hon. J. (Moray and Nairn)
Drewe, C. Lowth, T. Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
Edwards, John H. (Accrington) McDonnell, Colonel Hon. Angus Thomson, Ht. Hon. Sir W. Mitchell-
Elliott, Captain Walter E. McLean, Major A. Wallace, Captain O. E.
Elveden, Viscount Macmillan, Captain H. Warner, Brigadier-General W. W.
Fairfax, Captain J. G. Margesson, Captain D. Walls, S. R.
Fleming, O. P. Mitchell, S. (Lanark, Lanark) Winterton, Rt. Hon. Earl
Foster, Sir Harry S. Mitchell, W. Foot (Saffron Walden) Wise, Sir Fredric
Foxcroft, Captain C. T. Nicholson, O. (Westminster) Wolmer, Viscount
Frece, Sir Wader de Nield, Rt. Hon. Sir Herbert
Fremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E. Perkins, Colonel E. K. TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Mr. Grotrian and Mr. Batey.
Alexander, A. V. (Sheffield, Hillsbro) Hirst, G. H. Robinson, W. C.(Yorks, W.R., Eland)
Baker, Walter Hume, Sir G. H. Saklatvala, Shapurji
Barnes, A. Hurst, Gerald B. Scrymgeour, E.
Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Jenkins, W. (Glamorgan, Heath) Shiels, Dr. Drummond
Benn, captain Wedgwood (Leith) John, William (Rhondda, West) Smith, Ban (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)
Berry, Sir George Kelly, W. T. Smith, Rennie (Penistone)
Bourne. Captain Robert Croft Kennedy, T. Snell, Harry
Burton, Colonel H.W. Kenworthy, Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M. Stephen, Campbell
Cadogan, Major Hon. Edward Lamb, J. Q. Taylor, R. A.
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Lansbury, George Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)
Collins, Sir Godfrey (Greenock) Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan) Thurtle, E.
Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedweilty) Maxton, James Viant, S. p.
Fisher.-Rt. Hon. Herbert A. L. Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham) Warne, G. H.
Forrest, W. Morris, H. H. Watts-Morgan, Lt.-Col. D. (Rhondda)
Greenwood, A. (Nelson and Colne) Naylor, T. E. Williams, Com. C. (Devon, Torquay)
Hammersley, S. S. Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter) Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Hardle, Geerge D. Newton, Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge) Windsor, Walter
Harris, Percy A. Paling, W.
Hartshorn, Rt. Hon. Vernon Richardson, Sir P. W. (Sur'y, Ch'ts'y) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Hayes, John Henry Robertson, J. (Lanark, Bothweit) Mr. Herbert Williams and Mr. Connolly.

Debate adjourned accordingly; to be resumed upon Monday next.