HC Deb 18 March 1931 vol 249 cc2038-41

I have two questions to ask of the Prime Minister. First of all, if I put a question to him to-morrow, will he be in a position to announce the decision of the Government with regard to the Representation of the People (No. 2) Bill?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

I am sorry I cannot find time for the Representation of the People Bill on this side of Easter on account of the pressure of financial business, but it will be on the Paper, I hope, in the first week after we resume. The usual announcement of the business after Easter will be made next week.


We take it that that is a declaration of the intention of the Government to proceed with the Bill?


Yes. I am following precedent in that respect.


The second question is of a pleasanter nature. I desire to ask the Prime Minister if he can give the House any information as to the date of the Adjournment for the Easter Recess and whether he is yet, or will be in a position this week, to tell the House what the length of the Adjournment will be?


I hope to be able to make that announcement perhaps to-morrow, but certainly without delay.

Motion made, and Question put, That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order No. 15, the Proceedings on Report of Supply of the 11th March may be taken after Eleven of the clock, and shall 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, 245; Noes, 135.

Division No. 198.] AYES. [3.49 p.m.
Adamson, Rt. Hon. W. (Fife, West) Aske, Sir Robert Bennett, Sir E. N. (Cardiff, Central)
Adamson, W. M. (Staff., Cannock) Attlee, Clement Richard Bennett, William (Battersea, South)
Addison, Rt. Hon. Dr. Christopher Ayles, Walter Benson, G.
Alexander, Rt. Hon. A. V. (Hillsbro') Baker, John (Wolverhampton, Bilston) Bevan, Aneurin (Ebbw Vale)
Alpass, J. H. Barnes, Alfred John Blindell, James
Ammon, Charles George Barr, James Bondfield, Rt. Hon. Margaret
Angell, Sir Norman Batey, Joseph Broad, Francis Alfred
Arnott, John Benn, Rt. Hon. Wedgwood Bromfield, William
Brothers, M. Kelly, W. T. Quibell, D. J. K.
Brown, C. W. E. (Notts, Mansfield) Kennedy, Rt. Hon. Thomas Ramsay, T. B. Wilson
Brown, Ernest (Leith) Kenworthy, Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M. Richards, R.
Brown, Rt. Hon. J. (South Ayrshire) Kinley, J. Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)
Buchanan, G. Kirkwood, D. Rlley, Ben (Dewsbury)
Burgess, F. G. Lambert, Rt. Hon. George (S. Molton) Ritson, J.
Buxton, C. R. (Yorks, W. R. Elland) Lang, Gordon Roberts, Rt.Hon. F. O.(W. Bromwich)
Caine, Hall-, Derwent Lansbury, Rt. Hon. George Romeril, H. G.
Cape, Thomas Lathan, G. Rosbotham, D. S. T.
Carter, W. (St. Pancras, S.W.) Law, Albert (Bolton) Rowson, Guy
Charleton, H. C. Law, A, (Rossendale) Russell, Richard John (Eddisbury)
Chater, Daniel Lawrence, Susan Salter, Dr. Alfred
Clarke, J. S. Lawson, John James Samuel Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Darwen)
Cluse, W. S. Lawther, W. (Barnard Castle) Samuel, H. Walter (Swansea, West)
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Leach, W. Sanders, W. S.
Cocks, Frederick Seymour Lee, Frank (Derby, N.E.) Sandham, E
Compton, Joseph Lee, Jennie (Lanark, Northern) Sawyer, G. F.
Cove, William G. Lees, J. Scrymgeour, E.
Cripps, Sir Stafford Lloyd, C. Ellis Scurr, John
Daggar, George Logan, David Gilbert Shakespeare, Geoffrey H.
Dalton, Hugh Longden, F. Shaw, Rt. Hon. Thomas (Preston)
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) Lowth, Thomas Shepherd, Arthur Lewis
Day, Harry Lunn, William Sherwood, G. H.
Denman, Hon. R. D. Macdonald, Gordon (Ince) Shield, George William
Dudgeon, Major C. R. MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Seaham) Shiels, Dr. Drummond
Duncan, Charles MacDonald, Malcolm (Bassetlaw) Shinwell, E.
Ede, James Chuter McElwee, A. Short, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Edge, Sir William McEntee, V. L. Simmons, C. J.
Edmunds, J. E. McGovern, J. (Glasgow, Shettleston) Smith, Ben (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)
Edwards, E. (Morpeth) McKinlay, A. Smith, Frank (Nuneaton)
Egan, W. H. Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan) Smith, Lees-, H. B.
Eimley, Viscount MacNeill-Weir, L. Smith, Rennle (Penistone)
England, Colonel A. Macpherson, Rt. Hon. James I. Smith, Tom (Pontefract)
Foot, Isaac McShane, John James Smith, W. R. (Norwich)
Freeman, Peter Malone, C. L'Estrange (N'thampton) Snowden, Thomas (Accrington)
Gardner, B. W. (West Ham, Upton) Mander, Geoffrey le M. Stamford, Thomas W.
George, Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd (Car'vn) Mansfield, W. Stephen, Campbell
Gill, T. H. March, S. Strauss, G. R.
Gillett, George M. Marcus, M. Sullivan, J.
Glassey, A. E. Marley, J. Sutton, J. E.
Gossling, A. G. Marshall, Fred Taylor, R. A. (Lincoin)
Gould, F. Mathers, George Taylor, W. B. (Norfolk, S.W.)
Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Matters, L. W. Thomas, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Derby)
Graham, Rt. Hon. Wm. (Edin., Cent.) Maxton, James Tillett, Ben
Greenwood, Rt. Hon. A. (Colne) Messer, Fred Tinker, John Joseph
Grenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan) Middleton, G. Toole, Joseph
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) Millar, J. D. Tout, W. J.
Groves, Thomas E. Milner, Major J. Townend, A. E.
Grundy, Thomas W. Montague, Frederick Trevelyan, Rt. Hon. Sir Charles
Hall, F. (York, W.R., Normanton) Morley, Ralph Vaughan, David
Hall, G. H. (Merthyr Tydvil) Morris, Rhys Hopkins Vi[...]ant, S. P.
Hall, J. H (Whitechapel) Morris-Jones, Dr. J. H. (Denbigh) Walker, J.
Hall, Capt. W. G. (Portsmouth, C.) Morrison, Rt. Hon. H. (Hackney, S.) Watkins, F. C.
Hamilton, Mary Agnes (Blackburn) Morrison, Robert C. (Tottenham, N.) Watson, W. M. (Dunfermline)
Handle, George D. Mort, D. L. Wellock, Wilfred
Hastings, Dr. Somerville Muff, G. Welsh, James (Paisley)
Haycock, A. W. Muggeridge, H. T. Welsh, James C. (Coatbridge)
Hayes, John Henry Murnin, Hugh West, F. R.
Henderson, Right Hon. A. (Burnley) Nathan, Major H. L. Westwood, Joseph
Henderson, Thomas (Glasgow) Noel Baker, P. J. White, H. G.
Henderson, W. W. (Middx., Enfield) Noel-Buxton, Baroness (Norfolk, N.) Whiteley, Wilfrid (Birm., Ladywood)
Herriotts, J. Oldfield, J. R. Williams, David (Swansea, East)
Hirst, G. H. (York W. R. Wentworth) Oliver, George Harold (likeston) Williams, Dr. J. H. (Llanelly)
Hirst, W. (Bradford, South) Oliver, P. M. (Man., Blackley) Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Hoffman, P. C. Palin, John Henry Wilson, C. H. (Sheffield, Attercliffe)
Hopkin, Daniel Paling, Wilfrid Wilson, J. (Oldham)
Hore-Belisha, Leslie Palmer, E. T. Winterton, G. E.(Leicester,Loughb'gh)
Hudson, James H. (Huddersfield) Parkinson, John Allen (Wigan) Wise, E. F.
Hutchison, Maj.-Gen. Sir R. Perry, S. F. Wood, Major McKenzie (Banff)
Isaacs, George Pethick-Lawrence, F. W Young, R. S. (Islington, North)
Jenkins, Sir William Picton-Turbervill, Edith
Johnston, Thomas Pole, Major D. G. TELLERS FOR THE AYES.
Jones, Llewellyn-, F. Potts, John S. Mr. Charles Edwards and Mr. Thurtle.
Jones, Rt. Hon. Leif (Camborne) Price, M. P.
Jowett, Rt. Hon. F. W. Pybus, Percy John
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley (Bewdley) Birchall, Major Sir John Dearman
Albery, Irving James Balniel, Lord Bird, Ernest Roy
Amery, Rt. Hon. Leopold C. M. S. Beamish, Rear-Admiral T. P. H. Bourne, Captain Robert Croft
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Wilfrid W. Beaumont, M. W. Bowyer, Captain Sir George E. W.
Astor, Viscountess Bellairs, Commander Carlyon Bracken, B.
Atholl, Duchess of Berry, Sir George Briscoe, Richard George
Baillie-Hamilton, Hon. Charles W. Betterton, Sir Henry B. Brown, Col. D. C. (N'th'I'd., Hexham)
Brown, Brig.-Gen.H.C.(Berks, Newb'y) Hacking, Rt. Hon. Douglas H. Peto, Sir Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Buchan-Hepburn, P. G. T. Hall, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich) Pownall, Sir Assheton
Bullock, Captain Malcolm Hamilton, Sir George (Ilford) Reid, David D. (County Down)
Butler, R. A. Hammersley, S. S. Reynolds, Col. Sir James
Campbell, E. T. Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry Richardson, Sir P. W. (Sur y, Ch'te'y)
Carver, Major W. H. Hartington, Marquess of Ruggles-Brise, Lieut.-Colonel E. A.
Castle Stewart, Earl of Harvey, Major S. E. (Devon, Totnes) Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Cautley, Sir Henry S. Henderson, Capt. R. R.(Oxf'd, Henley) Salmon, Major I.
Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City) Heneage, Lieut.-Colonel Arthur P. Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Cayzer, Maj.Sir Herbt. R. (Prtsmth,S.) Hoare, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir S. J. G. Sandeman, Sir N. Stewart
Chamberlain,Rt.Hn.Sir J.A.(Birm.,W.) Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.) Sassoon, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip A. G. D.
Chapman, Sir S. Hurd, Percy A. Savery, S. S.
Christle, J. A. Hurst, Sir Gerald B. Smith, R. W. (Aberd'n & Kinc'dine,C.)
Clydesdale, Marquess of Inskip, Sir Thomas Smith-Carington, Neville W.
Cobb, Sir Cyril Iveagh, Countess of Somerville, A. A. (Windsor)
Colfox, Major William Philip Knox, Sir Alfred Somerville, D. G. (Willesden, East)
Colville, Major D. J. Lamb, Sir J. Q. Southby, Commander A. R. J.
Conway, Sir W. Martin Law, Sir Alfred (Derby, High Peak) Steel-Maitland, Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur
Courthope, Colonel Sir G. L. Leighton, Major B. E. P. Stuart, Hon. J. (Moray and Nairn)
Crichton-Stuart, Lord C. Llewellin, Major J. J. Sueter, Rear-Admiral M. F.
Crookshank,Cpt. H.(Lindsey,Gainsbro) Locker-Lampson, Rt. Hon. Godfrey Taylor, Vice-Admiral E. A.
Dairymple-White, Lt.-Col. Sir Godfrey Long, Major Hon. Eric Thomson, Mitchell-, Rt. Hon. Sir W.
Davies, Maj. Geo. F.(Somerset, Yeovil) McConnell, Sir Joseph Titchfield, Major the Marquess of
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) Macdonald, Capt. P. D. (I. of W.) Todd, Capt. A. J.
Duckworth, G. A. V. Maitland, A. (Kent, Faversham) Train, J.
Dugdale, Capt. T. L. Makins, Brigadier-General E. Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Eden, Captain Anthony Margesson, Captain H. D. Vaughan-Morgan, Sir Kenyon
Edmondson, Major A. J. Marjoribanks, Edward Ward, Lieut. Col. Sir A. Lambert
Elliot, Major Walter E. Meller, R. J. Warrender, Sir Victor
Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s-M.) Milne, Wardlaw-, J. S. Waterhouse, Captain Charles
Falle, Sir Bertram G. Monsell, Eyres, Com. Rt. Hon. Sir B. Wayland, Sir William A.
Ferguson, Sir John Moore, Sir Newton J. (Richmond) Williams, Charles (Devon, Torquay)
Fermoy, Lord Morrison, W. S. (Glos., Cirencester) Wilson, G. H. A. (Cambridge U.)
Gault, Lieut. Col. A. Hamilton Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn.W. G.(Ptrsf'ld) Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George
Gower, Sir Robert Nield, Rt. Hon. Sir Herbert Withers, Sir John James
Graham, Fergus (Cumberland, N.) O'Neill. Sir H. Wood, Rt. Hon. Sir Kingsley
Grattan-Doyle, Sir N. Ormsby-Gore, Rt. Hon. William
Gretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. John Peake, Capt. Osbert TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Gunston, Captain D. W. Percy, Lord Eustace (Hastings) Sir Frederick Thomson and Captain

Third and Fourth Resolutions agreed to.