HC Deb 23 April 1929 vol 227 cc719-20

May I ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can announce the business for Friday next?


Yes, Sir. On Friday, the first business will be the consideration of Lords Amendments to the Local Government (Scotland) Bill; we shall then take the remaining stages of the Gas Undertakings Bill from the Lords; and progress will be made with the Companies Bill which is expected to reach us from the House of Lords to-morrow (Wednesday). If there is time, other Orders on the Paper will be taken.


It is surely very inconvenient to many Scottish Members for a Scottish Bill of such importance as the Local Government (Scotland) Bill to be taken on Friday. [HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"] We feel a certain amount of inconvenience when Friday' is devoted to Scottish business. Many of our Members have to go so far by train to the North that we ought to have an important Bill like this with Amendments coming down from the House of Lords discussed on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.


In view of what the hon. and gallant Member has said, I will bring the matter to the notice of the Prime Minister, and I am quite sure that he will do his best to see that no further Scottish business is taken on Fridays during the present Session.