HC Deb 11 March 1926 vol 192 cc2598-602

Will the Prime Minister say what business he proposes to take next week?


On Monday we propose to move Mr. Speaker out of the Chair on the Army Estimates, and we shall consider Votes A, 1, 10, 13, 14 and 15 in Committee.

Tuesday: Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, Second Reading.

Wednesday: Civil Services Vote on Account, Committee stage. A Debate will take place on the Ministry of Labour Vote.

Thursday: Civil Services Vote on Account, Report stage. We do not know what particular Vote will be taken on that day.

It will be necessary during the week to take the Third Reading of two Bills which have recently been before the House, the Unemployment Insurance (Northern Ireland Agreement) Bill, and the Trade Facilities Bill.


In regard to Tuesday's business, the Second Reading of the Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, is it the intention of the Government to restrict that Bill to one day's Debate? Seeing that the Bill raises at least four very important subjects, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the Second Reading ought to be spread over more than Tuesday?


I think that is a perfectly fair question. The Bill, as the right hon. Gentleman says, raises three or four very definite and distinct questions, in watertight compartments. It was in my mind that these questions could be debated better in Committee than on Second Reading, but I am prepared, if the Leader of the Opposition thinks that there should be more time, to consider the matter, if he will communicate with me through the usual channels.


Will the Committee stage of this Bill be taken in Committee of the whole House?


Yes, it is obliged to be taken in Committee of the whole House.


In regard to the Electricity Bill, Second Reading, will the Prime Minister have regard to the complexity and importance of the matters raised in that Bill, and give ample time for consideration, before the Second Reading is taken?


I have not been able to fix a date yet for the Electricity Bill, but I hope to take the Second Reading before we rise, on the ground that I think there will be so much matter in the Bill to be discussed, that I regard it of primary importance to get it to Committee at a time of the year when there will be ample time to discuss its contents.

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, 250; Noes, 116.

Division No. 86.] AYES. [3.49 p.m.
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel Cazalet, Captain Victor A Gadie, Lieut.-Col. Anthony
Ainsworth, Major Charles Cecil, Rt. Hon. Sir Evelyn (Aston) Ganzoni, Sir John
Albery, Irving James Chadwick, Sir Robert Burton Gates, Percy.
Amery, Rt. Hon. Leopold C. M. S. Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. N. (Ladywood) Gault, Lieut.-Col. Andrew Hamilton
Applln, Colonel R. V. K. Chapman, Sir S. Gee, Captain R.
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Wilfrid W. Charteris, Brigadier-General J. Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John
Astor, Maj. Hn. John J. (Kent, Dover) Christie, J. A. Glyn, Major R. G. C.
Astor, Viscountess Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston Spencer Gower, Sir Robert
Atkinson, C. Churchman, Sir Arthur C. Grant, J. A.
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Cobb, Sir Cyril Greene, W. P. Crawford
Barriay-Harvey, C. M. Cochrane, Commander Hon. A. D. Gretton, Colonel John
Bellairs, Commander Carlyon W. Cohen, Major J. Brunel Grotrian, H. Brent
Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Colfox, Major Wm. Phillips Guest, Capt. Rt. Hon. F. E. (Bristol, N.)
Bennett, A. J. Cooper, A. Duff Gunston, Captain D. W.
Berry, Sir George Cope, Major William Hall, Capt. W. D'A. (Brecon & Rad.)
Betterton, Henry B. Couper, J. B. Hanbury, C.
Birchall, Major J. Dearman Cowan, Sir Wm. Henry (Islington, N.) Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry
Blades, Sir George Rowland Craig, Ernest (Chester, Crewe) Harland, A.
Blundell, F. N. Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Harmsworth, Hon. E. C. (Kent)
Boothby, R. J. G. Crooke, J. Smedley (Derltend) Harrison, G. J. C.
Bourne, Captain Robert Croft Crookshank, Col. C. de W. (Berwick) Hartington, Marquess of
Bowater, Sir T. Vansittart Crookshank, Cpt. H. (Llndsey, Gainsbro) Harvey, G. (Lambeth, Kennington)
Bowyer, Capt. G. E. W. Cunliffe, Sir Herbert Haslam, Henry C.
Brass, Captain W. Curzon, Captain Viscount Hawke, John Anthony
Bridgeman, Rt. Hon. William Clive Davidson, J. (Hertf'd, Hemel Hempst'd) Headlam, Lieut.-Colonel C. M.
Brings. J. Harold Davies, Dr. Vernon Henderson, Lieut-Col. V. L. (Bootle)
Briscoe, Richard George Davies, Maj. Geo. F. (Somerset, Yeovil) Heneage, Lieut.-Col. Arthur P.
Brlttaln, Sir Harry Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) Henn, Sir Sydney H.
Brocklebank, C. E. R. Dawson, Sir Philip Hennessy, Major J. R. G.
Brooke, Brigadier-General C. R. I. Dixey, A. C. Herbert, S. (York, N. R., Scar. & Wh'by)
Broun-Llndsay, Major H. Eden, Captain Anthony Hills, Major John Waller
Brown, Col. D. C. (N'th'Pd., Hexham) Edwards, John H. (Accrington) Hilton, Cecil
Brown, Brig.-Gen. H. C. (Berks, Newb'y) Elliot, Captain Walter E. Hogg, Rt. Hon. Sir D. (St. Marylebone)
Buckingham, Sir H. Elveden, Viscount Holland, Sir Arthur
Bull, Rt. Hon. Sir William James Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s.-M.) Homan, C. W. J.
Bullock, Captain M. Erskine, James Malcolm Monteith Hope, Capt. A. O. J. (Warw'k, Nun.)
Burman, J. B. Everard, W. Lindsay Hopkins, J. W. W.
Burney, Lieut.-Com. Charles D. Falle, Sir Bertram G. Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley)
Burton, Colonel H. W. Fanshawe. Commander G. D. Howard, Captain Hon. Donald
Butler, Sir Geoffrey Fermoy, Lord Hudson, R. S. (Cumb'l'nd, Whlteh'n)
Campbell, E. T. Fielden, E. B. Hurd, Percy A.
Cassels, J. D. Forrest, W. Hutchison, G. A. Clark(Midl'n & P'bl's)
Cautley, Sir Henry S. Foster, Sir Harry S. Iliffe, Sir Edward M.
Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City) Fraser, Captain Ian Jackson, Lieut.-Col. Rt. Hon. F. S.
Cayzer, Maj. Sir Herbt. R. (Prtsmth. S) Fremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E. Jackson, Sir H. (Wandsworth, Cen'l)
Jephcott, A. R. Oman, Sir Charles William C. Steel, Major Samuel Strang
Jones, G. W. H. (Stoke Newington) Pennefather, Sir John Stott, Lieut.-Colonel W. H.
Joynson-Hicks, Rt. Hon. Sir William Penny, Frederick George Streatfeild, Captain S. R.
Kennedy, A. R. (Preston) Percy, Lord Eustace (Hastings) Strickland, Sir Gerald
Kidd, J. (Linlithgow) Perring, Sir William George Stuart, Crichton-, Lord C.
Kindersley, Major Guy M. Peto, Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple) Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
King, Captain Henry Douglas Peto, G. (Somerset, Frome) Tasker, Major R. Inigo
Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement Philipson, Mabel Templeton, W. P.
Lamb, J. Q. Plelou, D. P. Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Lane Fox, Col. Rt. Hon. George R. Pilditch, Sir Philip Thomson, Rt. Hon. Sir W. Mitchell-
Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green) Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton Tinne, J. A.
Loder, J. de V. Radford, E. A. Titchfield, Major the Marquess of
Looker, Herbert William Raine, W. Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Lougher, L. Ramsden, E. Vaughan-Morgan, Col. K. P.
Lucas-Tooth, Sir Hugh Vere Reid, Capt. A. S. C. (Warrington) Wallace, Captain D. E.
Luce, Major-Gen. Sir Richard Harman Remnant, Sir James Ward, Lt.-Col. A. L. (Kingston-on-Hull)
Lumley, L. R. Rice, Sir Frederick Warner, Brigadier-General W. W.
MacAndrew, Major Charles Glen Richardson, Sir P. W. (Sur'y, Ch'ts'y) Waterhouse, Captain Charles
Macintyre, Ian Robinson, Sir T. (Lancs., Stratford) Watts, Dr. T.
McNeill, Rt. Hon. Ronald John Ruggles-Brise, Major E. A. Wheler, Major Sir Granville C. H.
MacRobert, Alexander M. Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth) White, Lieut.-Colonel G. Dalrymple
Malone, Major P. B. Salmon, Major I. Williams, A. M. (Cornwall, Northern)
Manningham-Buller, Sir Mervyn Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham) Williams, Com. C. (Devon, Torquay)
Margesson, Captain D. Sandeman, A. Stewart Williams, C. P. (Denbigh, Wrexham)
Marriott, Sir J. A. R. Sanders, Sir Robert A. Williams, Herbert G. (Reading)
Mason, Lieut.-Col. Glyn K. Sandon, Lord Winterton, Rt. Hon. Earl
Meyer, Sir Frank Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave D. Wise, Sir Fredric
Mitchell, S. (Lanark, Lanark) Savery, S. S. Wolmer, Viscount
Moore, Lieut.-Colonel T. C. R. (Ayr) Shaw, Capt. W. W. (Wilts, Westb'y) Wood, B. C. (Somerset, Bridgwater)
Moore, Sir Newton J. Sheffield, Sir Berkeley Wood, E. (Chest'r, Stalyb'dge & Hyde)
Moore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C. Simms, Dr. John M. (Co. Down) Wood, Sir Kingsley (Woolwich, W.).
Morrison, H. (Wilts, Salisbury) Slaney, Major P. Kenyon Wood, Sir S. Hill- (High Peak)
Morrison-Bell, Sir Arthur Clive Smith, R. W. (Aberd'n & Kinc'dine, C.) Woodcock, Colonel H. C.
Murchison, C. K. Smithers, Waldron Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L
Nelson, Sir Frank Somerville, A. A. (Windsor) Yerburgh, Major Robert D. T.
Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exster) Spender-Clay, Colonel H.
Newton, Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge) Sprot, Sir Alexander TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—Colonel Gibbs and Major Sir Harry Barnston.
Nicholson, O. (Westminster) Stanley,Col.Hon. G. F. (Will'sden, E.)
Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W. G. (Ptrsf'ld.) Stanley, Lord (Fylde)
O'Connor, T. J. (Bedford, Luton) Stanley, Hon. O. F. G. (Westm'eland)
Adamson, Rt. Hon. W. (File, West) Henderson, Rt. Hon. A. (Burnley) Rose, Frank H.
Alexander, A. v. (Sheffield, Hillsbro') Henderson, T. (Glasgow) Runciman, Rt. Hon. Walter
Ammon, Charles George Hirst, G. H. Saklatvala, Shapurji
Attlee, Clement Richard Hirst, W. (Bradford, South) Scrymgeour, E.
Baker, Walter Hore-Belisha, Leslie Shaw, Rt. Hon. Thomas (Preston)
Barker, G. (Monmouth, Abertillery) Hudson, J. H. (Huddersfield) Shepherd, Arthur Lewis
Barnes, A. Hutchison, Sir Robert (Montrose) Shiels, Dr. Drummond
Barr, J. Jenkins, W. (Glamorgan, Neath) Short, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Beckett, John (Gateshead) John, William (Rhondda, West) Sinclair, Major Sir A. (Caithness)
Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown) Smith, Ben (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)
Broad, F. A. Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly) Smith, H. B. Lees- (Keighley)
Brown, James (Ayr and Bute) Jones, T. I. Mardy (Pontypridd) Smith, Rennie (Penistone)
Cape, Thomas Kelly, W. T. Snell, Harry
Charleton, H. C. Kennedy, T. Snowden, Rt. Hon. Philip
Cluse, W. S. Kenworthy, Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M. Spencer, G. A. (Broxtowe)
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Lansbury, George Spoor, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Charles
Collins, Sir Godfrey (Greenock) Lawson, John James Stamford, T. W.
Connolly, M. Lee, F. Stephen, Campbell
Cove, W. G. Livingstone, A. M. Taylor, R. A.
Cowan, D. M. (Scottish Universities) Lowth, T. Thorne, G. R. (Wolverhampton, E.)
Dalton, Hugh Lunn, William Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)
Davies, Evan (Ebbw Vale) MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Aberavon) Thurtle, E.
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) Mackindar, W. Tinker, John Joseph
Day, Colonel Harry MacLaren, Andrew Townend, A. E.
Dennison, R. March, S. Trevelyan, Rt. Hon. C. P.
Fenby, T. D. Maxton, James Viant, S. P.
Garro-Jones, Captain G. M. Mitchell, E. Rosslyn (Paisley) Warne, G. H.
George, Rt. Hon. David Lloyd Montague, Frederick Watts-Morgan, Lt.-Col. D. (Rhondda)
Giliett, George M. Morrison, R. C. (Tottenham, N.) Webb, Rt. Hon. Sidney
Gosling, Harry Naylor, T. E. Welsh, J. C.
Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Oliver, George Harold Wiggins, William Martin
Greenwood, A. (Nelson and Colne) Palin, John Henry Wilkinson, Ellen C.
Grenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan) Paling, W. Williams, David (Swansea, E)
Groves, T. Pethlck-Lawrence, F. W. Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Grundy, T. W. Ponsonby, Arthur Wilson, R. J. (Jarrow)
Guest, J. (York, Hemsworth) Potts, John S. Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Hall, G. H. (Merthyr Tydvll) Purcell, A. A.
Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Shetland) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—Mr. Charles Edwards and Mr. Hayes.
Harrison, G. J. C. Riley, Ben
Hayday, Arthur Robinson, W. C. (Yorks, W. R., Elland)