HC Deb 25 February 1926 vol 192 cc720-5

Before I ask the Minister about the Business for next week, may I inquire what business he proposes to take to-night?


I think I told the House which Votes we wish to pass. The only other business which is exempted business over which the Government have no control, is the Shrewsbury Bishopric Motion, which the promoters desire to bring forward.


Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us what business he proposes to take next week?


On Monday we propose to consider the following Supplementary Estimates in Committee: Royal Commissions; National Library (Scotland); Imperial War Graves Commission; Export Credits; Board of Education; Public Education (Scotland); Board of Control (England); Ministry of Labour; and other business on the Paper. I may say that the Supplementary Estimates for three of these items, a small amount for the Ministry of Labour Export Credits and War Graves Commission, will be available in the Vote Office to-morrow. All the others are in the possession of hon. Members.

Tuesday: The Second Reading of the Trade Facilities Bill and the Public Works Loan Bill; and other business.

Wednesday: The Report Stages of Supplementary Estimates, commencing with the Estimate for the Scottish Board of Health; and other Business on the Paper.

The Business for Thursday I hope to announce on Monday next.


Is the right hon. Gentleman taking these Votes in the order in which he has read them?


That is our intention.


In arranging the order of the Business next week, will the Prime Minister have regard to the fact that the every-day suspension of the Eleven o'clock Rule withdraws from back benches the opportunity of the short Adjournment Debate from 11 to 11.30, which is a very valuable right of the back benches of this House, and will he consider the desirability of leaving us perhaps one night per week for that Adjournment Debate?


The answer to that, as hon. Members know, is that always, from now till Easter, more time is allowed to private Members than at any other period of the year. Therefore, it does reduce that hardship to a certain extent. I am aware of the inconvenience of suspending the Eleven o'Clock Rule, and I dislike doing it. But the only alternative at this time of the year is taking all private Members' time. If that were done, instead of suspending the Rule, it would leave the half-hour for the Adjournment Debate, but I do not think such a step would be any more popular. It is a disability under which we all labour between now and Easter—the amount of financial business that must be got through by a certain date—and it has been found

that Members do suffer under that disability, whatever Government is in power.


Is it not a fact that a great deal of private Members' time is taken up with the discussion of Private Bills, and that it frequently happens that Motions put down have sometimes only half-an-hour or three-quarters-of-an-hour for discussion?


I am glad my right hon. Friend has mentioned that, because it aggravates the position. It is peculiarly unfortunate, for just at this time of the Session there does seem to be a larger number of Private Bills than usual, and over the disposition of those Bills, as my right hon. Friend knows, the Leader of the House has no authority.


Will my right hon. Friend fix Easter a little later?

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[The Prime Minister.]

The House divided: Ayes, 246; Noes, 106.

Division No. 49.] AYES. [3.52 p.m.
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel Cazalet, Captain Victor A. Finburgh, S.
Agg-Gardner, Rt. Hon. Sir James T. Cecil, Rt. Hon. Sir Evelyn (Aston) Forestler-Walker, Sir L.
Alexander, E. E. (Leyton) Chadwick, Sir Robert Burton Forrest, W.
Allen, J. Sandeman (L'pool, W. Derby) Charteris, Brigadler-General J. Fremantle, Lt.-Col. Francis E.
Applin, Colonel R. V. K. Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston Spencer Ganzonl, Sir John
Apsley, Lord Cobb, Sir Cyril Gates, Percy
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Wilfrid W. Cochrane, Commander Hon. A. D. Gibbs, Col. Rt. Hon. George Abraham
Astor, Maj. Hon. John J. (Kent, Dover) Cockerill, Brigadier-General G. K. Gilmour, Lt.-Col Rt. Hon. Sir John
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Cooper, A. Duff Glyn, Major R. G. C.
Balniel, Lord Cope, Major William Goff, Sir Park
Barclay-Harvey, C. M. Couper, J. B. Gower, Sir Robert
Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish- Craig, Capt. Rt. Hon. C. C. (Antrim) Grace, John
Berry, Sir George Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Gretton, Colonel John
Betterton, Henry B. Crookshank, Col. C. de W. (Berwick) Grotrian, H. Brent
Birchall, Major J. Dearman Crookshank, Cpt. H. (Lindsey, Cainsbro) Guest, Capt. Rt. Hon. F. E. (Bristol, N.)
Blades, Sir George Rowland Curtis-Bennett, Sir Henry Guinness, Rt. Hon. Walter E.
Blundeil, F. N. Curzon, Captain Viscount Gunston, Captain D. W.
Bourne, Captain Robert Croft Dalkeith, Earl of Hacking, Captain Douglas H.
Bowater, Sir T. Vansittart Davidson, J. (Hertf'd, Hemel Hempst'd) Hall, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich)
Bowyer, Capt. G. E. W. Davies, Dr. Vernon Hall, Capt. W. D'A. (Brecon & Rad.)
Brass, Captain W. Davies, Maj. Geo. F.(Somerset, Yeovil) Henbury, C.
Brassey, Sir Leonard Davies, Sir Thomas (Cirencester) Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry
Bridgeman, Rt. Hon. William Clive Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) Harland, A.
Briggs, J. Harold Dawson, Sir Philip Harmsworth, Hon. E. C. (Kent)
Briscoe, Richard George Dean, Arthur Wellesley Harrison, G. J. C.
Brittain, Sir Harry Dixey, A. C. Hartington, Marquess of
Brown, Brig.-Gen. H.C.(Berks, Newb'y) Edwards, John H. (Accrington) Harvey, G. (Lambeth, Kennington)
Buckingham, Sir H. Elliot, Captain Walter E. Harvey, Major S. E. (Devon, Totnes)
Bullock, Captain M. Elveden, Viscount Haslam, Henry C.
Burney, Lieut.-Com. Charles D. Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s,-M.) Headlam, Lieut.-Colonel C. M.
Butler, Sir Geoffrey Erskine, James Malcolm Monteith Henderson, Capt. R. R. (Oxf'd, Henley)
Cadogan, Major Hon. Edward Everard, W. Lindsay Henderson, Lieut.-Col. V. L. (Bootie)
Campbell, E. T. Fairfax, Captain J. G. Heneage, Lieut.-Col. Arthur P.
Cautley, Sir Henry S. Fanshawe, Commander G. D. Henn, Sir Sydney H.
Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City) Fermoy, Lord Hills, Major John Waller
Hoare, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir S. J. G. Manningham-Buller, Sir Mervyn Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave D.
Holbrook, Sir Arthur Richard Margesson, Capt. D. Savery, S. S.
Holland, Sir Arthur Marriott, Sir J. A. R. Shaw, Capt. W. W. (Wilts, Westb'y)
Hope, Capt. A. O. J. (Warw'k, Nun.) Meller, R. J. Sheffield, Sir Berkeley
Hopkins, J. W. W. Merriman, F. B. Simms, Dr. John M. (Co. Down)
Howard, Captain Hon. Donald Meyer, Sir Frank Skelton, A. N.
Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.) Milen, J. S. Wardlaw- Slaney, Major P. Kenyon
Hudson, R.S. (Cumberl'and, Whiteh'n) Mitchell, S. (Lanark, Lanark) Smithers, Waldron
Hume, Sir G. H. Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham) Somerville, A. A. (Windsor)
Hume-Williams, Sir W. Ellis Moore, Lieut.-Colonel T. C. R. (Ayr) Spender-Clay, Colonel H.
Huntingfield, Lord Moore, Sir Newton J. Sport, Sir Alexander
Hurd, Percy A. Moore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C. Stanley, Col. Hon. G. F. (Will'sden, E.)
lliffe, Sir Edward M. Morrison-Bell, Sir Arthur Clive Stanley, Lord (Fylde)
Inskip, Sir Thomas Walker H. Murchison, C. K. Storry-Deans, R.
Jackson, Sir H. (Wandsworth, Cen'l) Nall, Lieut.-Colonel Sir Joseph Stott, Lieut.-Colonel W. H.
Jacob, A. E. Nelson, Sir Frank Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter) Sugden, Sir Wilfrid
Jephcott, A. R. Nicholson, O. (Westminster) Sykes, Major-Gen. Sir Frederick H.
Jones, G. W. H. (Stoke Newington) Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W.G. (Ptrsf'ld.) Tasker, Major R. Inigo
Joynson-Hicks, Rt. Hon. Sir William Nuttail, Ellis Thompson, Luke (Sunderland)
Kennedy, A. R. (Preston) Oakley, T. Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
King, Captain Henry Douglas O'Neill, Major Rt. Hon. Hugh Thomson, Rt. Hon. St. W. Mitchell-
Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement Oman, Sir Charles William C. Tinne, J. A.
Knox, Sir Alfred Pennefather, Sir John Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Lamb, J. Q. Penny, Frederick George Wallace, Captain D. E.
Lane Fox, Col. Rt. Hon. George R. Percy, Lord Eustace (Hastings) Ward, Lt.-Col. A.L. (Kingston-on-Hull)
Lister, Cunliffe, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip Perkins, Colonel E. K. Warner, Brigdler-General W. W.
Lloyd, Cyril E. (Dudley) Peto, Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple) Warrender, Sir Victor
Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green) Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton Waterhouse, Captain Charles
Locker-Lampson, Com. O. (Handsw'th) Preston, William Watson, Rt. Hon. W. (Carlisle)
Loder, J. de V. Price, Major C. W. M. Watts, Dr. T.
Looker, Herbert William Radford, E. A. Wells, S. R.
Lougher, L. Raine, W. Wheler, Major Sir Granville C. H.
Lucas-Tooth, Sir Hugh Vere Ramsden, E. Williams, A. M. (Cornwall, Northern)
Luce, Maj.-Gen. Sir Richard Harman Rawson, Sir Alfred Cooper Williams, Com. C. (Devon, Torquay)
Lumley, L. R. Rees, Sir Beddoe Williams, Herbert G. (Reading)
Lynn, Sir Robert J. Reid, Capt. A. S. C. (Warrington) Wilson, R. R. (Stafford, Lichfield)
MacAndrew, Charles Glen Roberts, E. H. G. (Flint) Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George
Macdonald, Capt. P. D. (I. of W.) Roberts, Samuel (Hereford, Hereford) Winterton, Rt. Hon. Earl
Macintyre, Ian Ropner, Major L. Wise, Sir Fredric
McLean, Major A. Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth) Wood, E. (Chest'r, Stalyb'ge & Hyde)
Macmillan, Captain H. Rye, F. G. Wood, Sir Kingsley (Woolwich, W.)
Macnaghten, Hon. Sir Malcolm Salmon, Major I. Wood, Sir S. Hill- (High Peak)
McNeill, Rt. Hon. Ronald John Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham) Woodcock, Colonel H. C.
MacRobert, Alexander M. Sandeman, A. Stewart Yerburgh, Major Robert D. T.
Maitland. Sir Arthur D. Steel- Sanders, Sir Robert A.
Makins, Brigadier-General E. Sanderson, Sir Frank TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—Major Sir H. Barnston and Major Hennessy.
Malone, Major P. B. Sandon, Lord
Adamson, Rt. Hon. W. (Fife, West) Guest, J. (York, Hemsworth) Paling, W.
Alexander, A. V. (Sheffield, Hillsbro') Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Shetland) Pethick-Lawrence, F W.
Ammon, Charles George Hardie, George D. Ponsonby, Arthur
Attlee, Clement Richard Harris, Percy A. Potts, John S.
Baker, Walter Henderson, Rt. Hon. A. (Burnley) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)
Barker, G. (Monmouth, Abertillery) Henderson, T. (Glasgow) Riley, Ben
Barnes, A. Hirst, W. (Bradford, South) Robinson, W. C. (Yorks, W.R., Elland)
Barr, J. Hore-Belisha, Leslie Rose, Frank H.
Batey, Joseph Hudson, J. H. (Huddersfield) Runciman, Rt. Hon. Walter
Beckett. John (Gateshead) Hutchison, Sir Robert (Montrose) Saklatavala, Shapurji
Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. John, William (Rhondda, West) Salter, Dr. Alfred
Broad, F. A. Johnston, Thomas (Dundee) Scrymgeour, E.
Bromley, J. Jones, Morgan (Caerpnilly) Shepherd, Arthur Lewis
Brown, James (Ayr and Bute) Jones, T. I. Mardy (Pontypridd) Sexton, James
Buxton, Rt. Hon. Noel Kennedy, T. Shiels, Dr. Drummond
Cape, Thomas Kenwothy, Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M. Short, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Charleton, H. C. Kirkwood, D. Sinclair, Major Sir A. (Calthness)
Cluse, W. S. Lansbury, George Sitch, Charles H.
Clynes, Right Hon. John R. Lee, F. Smith, H. B. Lees-(Keighley)
Compton, Joseph Livingstone, A. M. Smith, Rennie (Penistone)
Connolly, M. Lowth, T. Snell, Harry
Dalton, Hugh Lunn, William Spoor, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Charles
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Aberavon) Stamford, T. W.
Davison, J. E. (Smethwick) Mackinder, W. Stephen, Campbell
Day, Colonel Harry MacNeill-Weir, L. Stewart, J. (St. Rollox)
Dennison, R. March, S. Thorne, G. R. (Wolverhampton, E.)
Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwellty) Maxton, James Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plalstow)
Evans, Capt. Ernest (Welsh Univer.) Montague, Frederick Thurtie, E.
Gillett, George M. Morrison, R. C. (Tottenham, N.) Townend, A. E.
Greenwood, A. (Nelson and Colne) Naylor, T. E. Trevelyan, Rt. Hon. C. P.
Groves, T. Oilver, George Harold Viant, S. P.
Grundy, T. W. Palin, John Henry Webb, Rt. Hon. Sidney
Wedgwood, Rt. Hon. Josiah Williams, T. (York, Don Valley) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—Mr. Allen Parkinson and Mr. Hayes.
Welsh, J. C. Wilson, R. J. (Jarrow)
Whiteley, W. Windsor, Walter
Williams, David (Swansea, E.) Wright, W.
Williams, Dr. J. H. (Llanelly) Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)