HC Deb 07 May 1931 vol 252 cc529-30

As amended, considered.

Amendments made.


On a point of Order. May I ask if these Amendments have been circulated, and, if not, how is the House in a position to consider them?

The CHAIRMAN of WAYS and MEANS (Sir Robert Young)

They are only drafting Amendments.


I make no apology for raising this point. I can understand the convenience of dealing with a matter of this kind in this way when it applies to only one or two drafting Amendments, but when it is a matter of a whole series of Amendments of this character, it is not conducive to the proper conduct of business in this House.


That is a drastic condemnation, but it is the usual practice of the House. If they are drafting Amendments, they are dealt with in that way. If they are more substantial Amendments, the House has a fuller opportunity of dealing with them.


How is it possible for hon. Members to know that they are only drafting Amendments? Are we to be engaged in a pure act of faith in that respect?


The House must put a little trust in me sometimes.

Bill to be read the Third time.

London Midland and Scottish Railway-Bill (by Order),

As amended, considered; to be read the Third time.

Ministry of Health Provisional Order (East Elloe Joint Water Supply District) Bill,

Lords Amendments considered, and agreed to.

Ministry of Health Provisional Orders (Accrington and Leicester) Bill,

Read the Third time, and passed.

Alexander Scott's Hospital Order Confirmation Bill [Lords],

Considered; to be read the Third time To-morrow.

Public Works Facilities Scheme (Acton Swing Bridge) Bill,

Read the Third time, and passed.