HC Deb 25 June 1931 vol 254 cc625-9

Will the Prime Minister tell us what business it is proposed to take next week; and may I also ask whether, for the general convenience of Members, he can make any statement as to the probable date of the commencement of the summer recess, and what business he proposes to ask the House to consider before that date?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

Regarding the second part of the question, if the right hon. Gentleman will be good enough to repeat it next week, I shall then be in a position to make a statement. There are certain things that are uncertain——[Interruption.]—that is the flexibility of our English language—and until I have finished negotiations which are in hand just now I am not quite sure what drafts I may have to make upon the time of the House; but next week I hope to make a statement.

The Business for next week will be:

Monday: Supply [12th Allotted Day]. The Vote for the Treasury and subordinate Departments, which includes pro- vision of the Committee of Imperial Defence, will be put down in order to admit of a general discussion on the Defence Services of the Empire. The Committee stage of the Unemployment Insurance (No. 4) Bill will also be taken.

Tuesday: Finance Bill, Report [1st Allotted Day]. Unemployment Insurance (No. 4) Bill, Third Reading.

Wednesday: Finance Bill, Report [2nd Allotted Day].

Thursday: Finance Bill, Report [3rd Allotted Day].

Friday: Finance Bill, Third Reading.

Lieut-Commander KENWORTHY

In regard to the discussion on the Imperial Defence Services, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether that is all we are to know of the lines on which the Debate is to be conducted?


I do not quite understand the point of my hon. and gallant Friend's question. I understand it is the desire of the Opposition to have a general Debate upon defence questions, and the Vote will be put down to enable that to be done.


May I ask the Prime Minister when the Unemployment (Anomalies) Bill is to come before the House?


In the following week. The Anomalies Bill will follow immediately after the Money Bill. The Money Bill has to be got through by a date, and that is why there is a little bit of a rush. The Anomalies Bill will follow immediately afterwards.


There is a Motion on the Paper referring to the release of the prisoners of Meerut. Is the Prime Minister able to give the House time for a discussion of that Motion?


No, we have too many important Debates.

Motion made, and Question put, That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order No. 15, Business other than the Business of Supply may be taken this day before Eleven of the Clock, and that the Proceedings on the Mauritius Loan (Guarantee) Bill be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Mr. T. Kennedy.]

The House divided: Ayes, 235; Noes, 92.

Division No. 354.] AYES. [3.54 p.m.
Adamson, Rt. Hon. W. (Fife, West) Hopkin, Daniel Pethick-Lawrence, F. W.
Addison, Rt. Hon. Dr. Christopher Hudson, James H. (Huddersfield) Pole, Major D. G.
Altchison, Rt. Hon. Craigle M. Hutchison, Maj.-Gen. Sir R. Potts, John S.
Alexander, Rt. Hon. A. V. (Hillsbro') Isaacs, George Price, M. P.
Alpass, J. H. John, William (Rhondda, West) Qulbell, D. J. K.
Angell, Sir Norman Johnston, Rt. Hon. Thomas Ramsay, T. B. Wilson
Arnott, John Jones, Llewellyn-, F. Raynes, W. R.
Attlee, Clement Richard Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown) Richards, R.
Ayles, Walter Jones, Rt. Hon. Leif (Camborne) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)
Barr, James Jones, Morgan (Caerpbilly) Riley, F. F. (Stockton-on-Tees)
Batey, Joseph Jowett, Rt. Hon. F. W. Ritson, J.
Beckett, John (Camberwell, Peckham) Jowitt, Rt. Hon. Sir W. A. (Preston) Roberts, Rt. Hon. F. O. (W. Bromwich)
Benn, Rt. Hon. Wedgwood Kelly, W. T. Romerll, H. G.
Bennett, Sir E. N. (Cardiff, Central) Kennedy, Rt. Hon. Thomas Rosbotham, D. S. T.
Bennett, William (Battersea, South) Kenworthy. Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M. Rothschild, J. de
Benson, G. Kinley, J. Rowson, Guy
Bevan, Aneurin (Ebbw Vale) Kirkwood, D. Russell, Richard John (Eddisbury)
Bondfield, Rt. Hon. Margaret Knight, Holford Salter, Dr. Alfred
Bowen, J. W. Lambert, Rt. Hon. George (S. Molton) Samuel, Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Darwen)
Broad, Francis Alfred Lang, Gordon Samuel, H. Walter (Swansea, West)
Brockway, A. Fenner Lansbury, Rt. Hon. George Sanders, W. S.
Brooke, W. Lathan, G. (Sheffield, Park) Sandham, E.
Brothers, M. Law, Albert (Bolton) Sawyer, G. F.
Brown, Ernest (Leith) Law, A. (Rosendale) Scott, James
Brown, Rt. Hon. J. (South Ayrshire) Lawrence, Susan Scurr, John
Buchanan, G. Lawson, John James Sexton, Sir James
Burgess, F. G. Lawther, W. (Barnard Castle) Shaw, Rt. Hon. Thomas (Preston)
Cape, Thomas Leach, W. Sherwood, G. H.
Carter, W. (St. Pancras, S W.) Lee, Frank (Derby, N. E.) Shield, George William
Chater, Daniel Lee, Jennie (Lanark, Northern) Shiels, Dr. Drummond
Church, Major A. G. Lees, J. Shillaker, J. F.
Cluse, W. S. Lloyd, C. Ellis Shinwell, E.
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Logan, David Gilbert Simmons, C. J.
Cocks, Frederick Seymour Longbottom, A. W. Simon, E. D. (Manch'ter, Withington)
Cripps, Sir Stafford Longden, F. Sinclair, Sir A. (Caithness)
Daggar, George Lovat- Fraser, J. A. Sinkinson, George
Dallas, George Lunn, William Sitch, Charles H.
Dalton, Hugh Macdonald, Gordon (Ince) Smith, Ben (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)
Davies, D. L. (Pontypridd) MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Seaham) Smith, Frank (Nuneaton)
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) MacDonald, Malcolm (Bassetlaw) Smith, Lees-, Rt. Hon. H. B. (Keighley)
Day, Harry McElwee, A. Smith, Tom (Pontefract)
Denman, Hon. R. D. McEntee, V. L. Smith, W. R. (Norwich)
Duncan, Charles McGovern, J. (Glasgow, Shettleston) Sorensen, R.
Ede, James Chuter McKinlay, A. Stamford, Thomas W.
Edge, Sir William MacLaren, Andrew Strauss, G. R.
Edmunds, J. E. Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan) Sullivan, J.
Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwelity) MacNeill-Weir, L. Sutton, J. E.
Edwards, E. (Morpeth) McShane, John James Taylor, W. B. (Norfolk, S. W.)
Egan, W. H. Malone, C. L'Estrange (N'thampton) Thomas, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Derby)
Evans, capt. Ernest (Welsh Univer.) Mander, Geoffrey le M. Thurtle, Ernest
Freeman, Peter Manning, E. L. Tillett, Ben
Gardner, B. W. (West Ham, Upton) Mansfield, W. Tinker, John Joseph
Gardner, J. P. (Hammersmith, N.) March, S. Toole, Joseph
George, Megan Lloyd (Anglesea) Marcus, M. Tout, W. J.
Gibson, H. M. (Lancs, Mossley) Markham, S. F. Townend, A. E.
Gill, T. H. Marley, J. Turner, Sir Ben
Glassey, A. E. Marshall, Fred Vaughan, David
Gossling, A. G. Mathers, George Viant, S. P.
Gould, F. Matters, L. W. Walkden, A. G.
Graham, Rt. Hon. Wm. (Edin., Cent.) Millar, J. D. Walker, J.
Greenwood, Rt. Hon. A. (Colne) Mills, J. E. Watkins, F. C.
Grenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan) Milner, Major J. Wellock, Wilfred
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) Morgan, Dr. H. B. Welsh, James (Paisley)
Grundy, Thomas W. Morley, Ralph Welsh, James C. (Coatbridge)
Hall, J. H. (Whitechapel) Morris, Rhys Hopkins West, F. R.
Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Zetland) Morrison, Rt. Hon. H. (Hackney, S.) Westwood, Joseph
Hardie, David (Rutherglen) Mort, D. L. Whiteley, Wilfrid (Birm., Ladywood)
Hardie, G. D. (Springburn) Muff, G. Whiteley, William (Blaydon)
Harris, Percy A. Muggerldge, H. T. Williams, David (Swansea, East)
Hastings, Dr. Somerville Murnin, Hugh Williams, E. J. (Ogmore)
Haycock, A. W. Nathan, Major H. L. Williams, Dr. J. H. (Llanelly)
Hayday, Arthur Noel Baker, P. J. Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Hayes, John Henry Noel-Buxton, Baroness (Norfolk, N.) Wilson, C. H. (Sheffield, Attercliffe)
Henderson, Right Hon. A. (Burnley) Oldfield, J. R. Wilson, J. (Oldham)
Henderson, Thomas (Glasgow) Oliver, P. M. (Man., Blackley) Wilson, R. J. (Jarrow)
Henderson, W. W. (Mlddx., Enfield) Palin, John Henry Wood, Major McKenzie (Banff)
Herrlotts, J. Palmer, E. T. Young, R. S. (Islington, North)
Hirst, G. H. (York, W. R., Wentworth) Parkinson, John Allen (Wigan)
Hollins, A. Peters, Dr. Sidney John TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Mr. Charleton and Mr. Paling.
Alnsworth, Lieut.-Col. Charles Fermoy, Lord Peto, Sir Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Wilfrid W. Ford, Sir P. J. Pownall, Sir Assheton
Astor, Viscountess Gault, Lieut.-Col. A. Hamilton Ramsbotham, H.
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley (Bewdley) Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John Remer, John R.
Beamish, Rear-Admiral T. P. H. Graham, Fergus (Cumberland, N.) Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Bellairs, Commander Carlyon Grattan-Doyle, Sir N. Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Betterton, Sir Henry B. Gretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. John Sandeman, Sir N. Stewart
Bevan, S. J. (Holborn) Guinness, Rt. Hon. Walter E. Savery, S. S.
Bourne, Captain Robert Croft Half, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich) Skelton, A. N.
Bowyer, Captain Sir George E. W. Hamilton, Sir George (Ilford) Smith, R. W. (Aberd'n & Kinc'dine, C.)
Boyce, Leslie Hartington, Marquess of Somerville, A. A. (Windsor)
Bracken, B. Harvey, Major S. E. (Devon, Totnes) Southby, Commander A. R. J.
Broadbent, Colonel J. Henderson, Capt. R. R. (Oxf'd, Henley) Spender-Clay, Colonel H.
Buchan, John Heneage, Lieut-Colonel Arthur P. Stanley, Lord (Fylde)
Buchan-Hepburn, P. G. T. Howard-Bury, Colonel C. K. Stuart, Hon. J. (Moray and Nairn)
Cadogan, Major Hon. Edward Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.) Taylor, Vice-Admiral E. A.
Campbell, E. T. Hurd, Percy A. Thompson, Luke
Cautley, Sir Henry S. Knox Sir Alfred Titchfield, Major the Marquess of
Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City) Latham, H. P. (Scarboro' & Whitby) Train, J.
Christie, J. A. Lewis, Oswald (Colchester) Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Crichton-Stuart, Lord C. Llewellin, Major J. J. Vaughan-Morgan, Sir Kenyon
Crookshank, Cpt. H. (Lindsey, Galnsbro) McConnell, Sir Joseph Wallace, Capt. D. E. (Hornsey)
Cunliffe-Lister, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip Macquisten, F. A. Ward, Lieut.-Col. Sir A. Lambert
Dalkeith, Earl of Margesson, Captain H. D. Williams, Charles (Devon, Torquay)
Dalrymple-White, Lt.-Col. Sir Godfrey Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham) Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George
Davidson, Rt. Hon. J. (Hertford) Monsell, Eyres, Com. Rt. Hon. Sir B. Winterton, Rt. Hon. Earl
Davies, Maj. Geo. F. (Somerset, Yeovil) Muirhead, A. J. Womersley, W. J.
Despencer-Robertson, Major J. A. F. Newton, Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge) Wood, Rt. Hon. Sir Kingsley
Dugdale, Capt. T. L. Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W. G. (Ptrsf'ld)
Elliot, Major Walter E. Ormsby-Gore, Rt. Hon. William TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s.-M.) Peake, Captain Osbert Major Sir George Hennessy and
Falle, Sir Bertram G. Penny, Sir George Sir Frederick Thomson.

Bill read the Third time, and passed.