Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under Section 10 of the Gas Regulation Act, 1920, on the application of the Brighton and Hove General Gas Company, which was presented on the 11th November and published, be approved."—[Sir B. Chadwick.]
I think some Minister in charge of this Department should be present to answer for this Order, and as no representative of the Department concerned is present, I should like to ask if I should be in order in moving that the consideration of this Order be adjourned?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Commander Eyres Monsell)
We tried to make arrangements with the Opposition to take another Bill, and this Order has come on earlier than was expected. If, however, the hon. and gallant Member objects, we will not press this Order.
I have not the least desire to hold up the work, but there is a certain respect which is due to the House from members of the Government, and for an Under-Secretary to bring up an Order which is in charge of a public Department is not respectful to the 2430 House. It is due to the House that some notice should be taken of this matter.
That is not a matter that lies in my hands. Does the hon. and gallant Member desire to move the Adjournment of the Debate?
That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under Section 10 of the Gas Regulation Act, 1920, on the application of the Gloucester Gaslight Company, which was presented on the 15th November and published, be approved."—[Sir B. Chadwick.]
§ The remaining Government Orders were read, and postponed.
§ Whereupon, Mr. SPEAKER, pursuant to the Order of the House of 27th September, proposed the Question, "That this House do now adjourn."
§ Adjourned accordingly at Six Minutes after Ten o'Clock.