HC Deb 22 May 1930 vol 239 cc583-4

May I ask the Prime Minister what will be the business for next week?


Monday: Supply (11th Allotted. Day). The India Office Vote will be put down, I understand.

Tuesday: Finance Bill, Committee.

Wednesday: Supply (12th Allotted Day). I understand that the Vote for the Office of the Lord Privy Seal will be put down.

Thursday: Education Bill, Second Reading.

Friday: Education (Money) Resolution, Committee.


I hope that the Prime Minister will bear in mind that a particularly short time is being allowed to elapse between the Second Reading of the Finance Bill and the beginning of the Committee stage. The Finance Bill is always a very intricate one, and ample time is usually allowed for the putting down of Amendments, generally two or three weeks. This time it is very short, and I should be very glad if the right hon. Gentleman, in looking at the business, could consider the possibility of putting that date back.

I would like to ask the right hon. Gentleman two definite questions. The first is, whether he is in a position to say when he can give us a date for the Motion that is standing in my name; and the second is whether, for the information of the House, he is yet ready to tell us when we may hope to rise for the Whitsuntide Recess?


With regard to the first part of the right hon. Gentleman's question, I understand that we have followed just the ordinary practice so far as the Finance Bill is concerned, and that Tuesday will give plenty of time at any rate for the early Amendments to be put down. The Bill is only put down for one day next week. With reference to the second part of the question, I am always glad to accommodate the right hon. Gentleman when he puts down these Resolutions, and, of course, time will be given for the discussion of this one. As regards the date, I would ask if he will be good enough to allow it to be discussed through the ordinary channels. As regards the Whitsuntide Recess, I propose to put down the Motion for the Adjournment for Friday, the 6th June, and to ask the House to reassemble, after the Recess, on Tuesday, the 17th June.