§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House, at its rising this day, do adjourn until Monday, 13th June."—[Mr. Churchill.]
§ Mr. BATEY
I beg to move, in line 2, to leave out the words "Monday, 13th" and to insert instead thereof the words "Wednesday, 8th."
I am moving this Amendment in order to ventilate a grievance. My complaint is against the policy of the Government in allowing so little time for the discussion of the Trade Disputes and Trade Unions Bill.
DEPUTY - SPEAKER
The hon. Member's Amendment is in order, but his grievance is not, because the question of the Closure and the allotment of time on the Trade Disputes and Trade Unions Bill is a decision of the House.
Mr. DEPUTY - SPEAKER
That is exactly what is not in order. It is not in order to move anything reflecting on the Closure, which in the ordinary sense is an act of the House, or on the allotment of time, which is equally an act of the House, and has been so affirmed by frequent rulings for the last 40 years. The hon. Member may move his Amendment if he wishes, but he cannot argue against the Closure and the allotment of time.
§ Mr. BATEY
Oh, yes, I shall move it. My complaint is in regard to the limited amount of time that is given to this Bill; but that was only my first argument. My second argument is this, that the Bill has still to go through Report stage and Third Reading, and I submit that more time should be given to it than has been decided.
The hon. Member is not in order in discussing the amount of time that has been allotted to the Bill, because that is a decision of the House. Does the hon. Member still move?
§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
beg to second the Amendment.
In a few words I wish to give some reasons which are perhaps more in order. This House should set an example of short holidays. The holiday now proposed is too long. Hon. Members opposite will expect their workpeople to come back the day after Whit Monday and I submit that it is not a good example for the House to adjourn for this length of time. After all we only work five days a week, and in many cases hon. Members took yesterday off, being Derby Day, and will probably take the rest of the week. [An HON. MEMBER: "Speak for yourself !"] I am speaking for myself, and I am also speaking for the hon. Member for Reading (Mr. H. Williams) because we were both there yesterday, and we are here to-day.
§ Sir DOUGLAS NEWTON
Is it in Order for the hon. and gallant Member 547 to make reflections on the way in which other hon. Members discharge their duties in this House?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
It is notorious that the present Government use their supporters in batches like soldiers and sailors; some of them are deliberately allowed leave owing to the large and unwieldy and docile majority which the Government has in the House. I could give further reasons, but I do not want to rub it in, but agriculture, unemployment in the mining industry, the general trade depression, and extravagance in the public Departments, are subjects which should be considered and discussed and time should be found for their discussion. Yet the energetic Home Secretary, sometimes too energetic, proposes that this House should rise to-day and not come back until Monday week. There is much to be said for the Amendment and that is why I second it.
§ Mr. E. BROWN
I wish to support the Amendment. Several hon. Members have put questions to the Minister of Labour within the last month, asking for the early production of the Bill which is to deal with unemployment insurance. This is a vital matter in at least a score of the great cities and towns of the country and we can get no satisfactory information about it. It is a matter which is causing a great deal of anxiety to hundreds and thousands of men who will he affected by the provisions of such a Measure, and an earlier assembly of the House would enable the Government to give an earlier answer as to their intentions, and they could produce a Bill with the prospect of getting it passed into law at an earlier date than that which will now be possible.
§ Mr. STEPHEN
There are two reasons why I wish to support the Amendment. To-day I asked the Minister of Labour
§ a question with regard to unemployment insurance, and his reply was most unsatisfactory. It showed that the Ministry of Labour is not working satisfactorily. There is a very brutal Report and there are large numbers of people worried as to whether this brutal Report is to be the subject of legislation. I think the Minister should give us the earliest opportunity of knowing whether he intends to carry through the brutal policy suggested in that Report. My second reason is that I assume that the Government are now considering whether they will give their masters, the electorate, an opportunity of—
§ Mr. STEPHEN
If I had been given a minute to complete the paragraph of my speech you would have seen, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, that there was a reason for coming back on Wednesday. It is very important that we should have an opportunity of asking the Prime Minister whether, in view of the evident dissatisfaction of the people of the country with his administration, he is going to take the voice of the country through a general election.
§ Mr. STEPHEN
I wish to support the Amendment, because I think it is imperative that we should have an opportunity of keeping in close touch with the Government, which the by-elections have shown is so unpopular in the country.
§ Question put, "That the words 'Monday, 13th' stand part of the Question."
§ The House divided: Ayes, 149: Noes, 36.549
|Division No. 172.]||AYES.||[11. 56 a.m.|
|Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel||Beamish, Rear-Admiral T. P. H.||Broun- Lindsay, Major H.|
|Albery, Irving James||Betterton, Henry B.||Buchan, John|
|Applin, Colonel R. V. K||Bourne, Captain Robert Croft||Cadogan, Major Hon. Edward|
|Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Wilfrid W.||Bowyer, Captain G. E. W.||Cecil, Rt. Hon. Sir Evelyn (Aston)|
|Astor, Mal. Hn. John J. (Kent, Dover)||Bridge man. Rt. Hon. William Clive||Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. N. (Ladywood)|
|Actor, Viscountess||Briscoe, Richard George||Charteris, Brigadier-General J.|
|Barnett, Major Sir Richard||Brittain, Sir Harry||Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston Spencer|
|Barnston, Major Sir Harry||Brooke, Brigadier-General C. R. I||Clarry, Reginald George|
|Clayton, G. C.||Holbrook, Sir Arthur Richard||Pownall, Sir Assheton|
|Cochrane, Commander Hon. A. D.||Holt, Captain H. P.||Price, Major C. W. M.|
|Ccpe, Major William||Hopkins, J. W. W.||Ramsden, E.|
|Couper, J. B.||Hopkinson, Sir A. (Eng. Universities)||Rawson, Sir Cooper|
|Cowan, Sir Wm. Henry (Islington, N.)||Hudson, Capt. A. U. M.(Hackney, N.)||Rhys, Hon. C. A. U.|
|Craig, Ernest (Chester, Crewe)||Hume, Sir G. H.||Richardson, Sir P. W. (Sur'y, Ch'ts'y)|
|Croft, Brigadier-General Sir H.||Iliffe, Sir Edward M.||Ropner, Major L.|
|Crooke, J. Smedley (Derltend)||Jacob, A. E.||Russell, Alexander West- (Tynemouth)|
|Crookshank, Col. C. de W. (Berwick)||Joynson-Hicks Rt. Hon. Sir William||Salmon, Major I.|
|Crookshank, Cpt. H. (Lindsey, Galnsbro)||King, Captain Henry Douglas||Sandon, Lord|
|Curzon, Captain Viscount||Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement||Savery, S. S.|
|Davies, Sir Thomas (Clrencester)||Knox, Sir Alfred||Smith- Carington, Neville W.|
|Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.)||Lamb, J. O.||Somerville, A. A. (Windsor)|
|Dawson, Sir Philip||Lane Fox, Col. Rt. Hon. George R.||Spender-Clay, Colonel H.|
|Edmondson, Major A. J.||Lloyd, Cyril E. (Dudley)||Streatfeild, Captain S. R.|
|Edwards, J. Hugh (Accrington)||Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green)||Sugden, Sir Wilfred|
|Elliot, Major Walter E.||Lucas-Tooth, Sir Hugh Vere||Sykes, Major-Gen. Sir Frederick H.|
|Ellis, R. G||Luce, Maj.-Gen. Sir Richard Harman||Thom, Lt. Col. J. G. (Dumbarton)|
|Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston.s.-M.)||Lynn, Sir Robert J.||Tinne, J. A.|
|Erskine, James Malcolm Monteith||MacAndrew, Major Charles Glen||Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement|
|Everard, W. Lindsay||Maclntyre, Ian||Vaughan-Morgan, Col. K. P.|
|Fairfax, Capain J. G.||McLean, Major A.||Waddington, R.|
|Falie, Sir Bertram G.||McNeill, Rt. Hon. Ronald John||Wallace, Captain D. E.|
|Fielden, E. B.||Maitland, Sir Arthur D. Steel-||Ward, Lt.-Col. A. L. (Kingston-on-Hull)|
|Finburgh, S.||Makins, Brigadier-General E.||Warner, Brigadier-General W. W.|
|Forestier -Walker, Sir L.||Manningham-Buller, Sir Mervyn||Warrender, Sir Victor|
|Fraser, Captain Ian||Margesson, Captain D.||Watson, Rt. Hon. W. (Carlisle)|
|Fremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E.||Marriott. Sir J. A. R.||Watts, Dr. T.|
|Ganzoni, Sir John||Milne, J. S. Wardlaw-||Wells, S. R.|
|Gauit, Lieut.-Col. Andrew Hamilton||Mitchell, S. (Lanark, Lanark)||Williams, Herbert G. (Reading)|
|Gibbs, Col. Rt. Hon. George Abraham||Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham)||Wilson, M. J. (York, N. R., Richm'd)|
|Grattan-Doyle, Sir N.||Monsell, Eyres, Com. Rt. Hon. B. M.||Wilson, R. R. (Stafford, Lichfield)|
|Greaves-Lord, Sir Walter||Moore, Lieut.-Colonel T. C. R. (Ayr)||Windsor Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George|
|Grotrian, H. Brent||Morrison-Bell, Sir Arthur Cilve||Winterton. Rt. Hon. Earl|
|Hacking, Captain Douglas H.||Nelson, Sir Frank||Wise, Sir Fredric|
|Harrison. G. J. C.||Newton. Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge)||Woimer, Viscount|
|Harvey, Major S. E. (Devon, Totnes)||Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W.G.(Ptrsf'ld.)||Womersley, W. J.|
|Haslam, Henry C.||Nield, Rt. Hon. Sir Herbert||Wood, Sir Kingsley (Woolwich, W.)|
|Henderson, Lieut.-Col. V. L. (Bootle)||Oakley, T.||Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L.|
|Heneage, Lieut.-Colonel Arthur P.||Oman, Sir Charles William C.|
|Henn, Sir Sydney H.||Penny, Frederick George||TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—|
|Hills, Major John Waller||Peto, G. (Somerset, Frome)||Mr. F. C. Thomson and Captain|
|Hilton, Cecil||Power, Sir John Cecil||Lord Stanley.|
|Baker, J. (Wolverhampton, Bilston)||Hirst, W. (Bradford, South)||Shiels, Dr. Drummond|
|Barker, G. (Monmouth, Abertillery)||Jones, T. I. Mardy (Pontypridd)||Sitch, Charles, H.|
|Beckett, John (Gateshead)||Kennedy, T.||Snell, Harry|
|Buchanan, G.||Kenworthy, Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M.||Stephen, Campbell|
|Clowes, S.||Lansbury, George||Taylor, R. A.|
|Davles, Rhys John (Westhoughton)||Lawrence, Susan||Thurtle, Ernest|
|Day, Colonel Harry||Lee, F.||Wellock, Wilfred|
|Graham, Rt. Hon. Wm. (Edln., Cent.)||Palln, John Henry||Whiteley, W.|
|Grenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan)||Ponsonby, Arthur||Williams, Dr. J. H. (Lianeliy)|
|Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Shetland)||Potts, John S.||Windsor, Walter|
|Harris, Percy A.||Riley, Ben|
|Henderson, Right Hon. A. (Burnley)||Scrymgeour, E.||TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—|
|Henderson, T. (Glasgow)||Shepherd, Arthur Lewis||Mr. Batey and Mr. Ernest Brown.|
Main Question put, and agreed to.
§ Resolved, That this House, at its rising this day, do adjourn until Monday, 13th June.