HC Deb 14 December 1926 vol 200 cc2772-3

Might I ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury to inform the House what items of business it is intended to take before the Motion for the Adjournment is moved for the discussion of necessitous areas?

The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Commander Eyres Monsell)

First of all, there is a Lords minor Amendment to the Small Holdings Bill. Then we shall have to get the first four Orders on the Order Paper—Electrcity (Supply) Bill, further consideration of Lords Amendments; Sale of Food (Weights and Measures) Bill [Lords] as amended, to be considered; Wireless Telegraphy (Blind Persons Facilities) Bill, consideration of Lords Amendments; and Criminal Justice (Increase of Penalties) Bill, Adjourned debate on Question on Consideration of Lords Amendments—and, if received from another place, the Lords Amendments to the Merchandise Marks (Imported Goods) Bill.


With regard to the fourth item—Criminal Justice Bill—is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is very considerable objection to this Bill, and that as other Bills have been dropped for the reason that they are controversial, and there is not sufficient time, what is the reason for placing this Bill in an exceptional category?


I do not think the right hon. Gentleman ought to complain, This Bill is a Private Members' Bill, It only awaits consideration of the Lords Amendments. I think we ought to give it a sporting chance, and the Government will not put on the Whips.

Captain BENN

Might I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman could not postpone until to-morrow the consideration of any Orders that will prevent the Motion for the Adjournment coming on at a reasonable hour?


Certainly, we do not want, to prevent the Motion for the Adjournment being taken at a. reasonable hour, but we should like to get the Lords Amendments to the Merchandise Marks Bill to-day, because that will shorten the proceedings tomorrow.

Resolved, That this House do meet To-morrow, at Twelve of the clock."—[Commander Eyres Monsell.]