HC Deb 04 March 1926 vol 192 cc1612-5

Will the Prime Minister be good enough to tell us what business he proposes to take next week?


On Monday we will take the Motion to take Private Members' time on certain evenings: the Report stage of the Air Estimates, Votes A, 1, 4, 2 and 3.

Tuesday: We shall take the Unemployment Insurance (Northern Ireland Agreement) Bill, Second Reading; Supplementary Estimate for Northern Ireland Grant-in-Aid, in Committee; Trade Facilities Bill, Committee; and, if time permit, other business on the Paper; while at 8.15 there are Private Members' Motions.

Wednesday: We shall take the Report stage of the Supplementary Estimates for the Ministry of Labour and Northern Ireland Grant-in-Aid; Unemployment Insurance (Northern Ireland Agreement) Bill, Committee; Trade Facilities Bill, further stages; and other business on the Paper, if time permit. At a quarter-past eight, there are Private Members' Motions.

Thursday: We propose to move Mr. Speaker out of the Chair on the Navy Estimates, and consider Votes A, 1, 10, and 2 in Committee. The Navy Estimates, I hope, will be available in the Vote Office to-morrow.


Referring to Thursday's business, I understand that the Economy Bill is then to be introduced. There is some doubt about the circumstances in which it will be introduced. Is it the intention of the Government simply to hand it in at the Table, or to move for leave to introduce it?


I understand it is to be handed in at the Table.


Further, may I ask, supposing the Debate to-day should end before a quarter-past eight, what business do the Government propose to take?


Supposing the Debate does end before 8.15, I propose to proceed with the Orders as they stand on the Paper. The first Order is the Ministry of Labour.

Motion made, and Question put. That the Proceedings on any Private Business set down for consideration at a Quarter-past Eight of the Clock this evening, by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means, be exempted from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of

the House), and, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order No. 8, may he taken after Half-past Nine of the Clock."—[The Prime Minister.]

The House divided: Ayes, 250; Noes, 130.