HC Deb 03 July 1932 vol 156 cc23-4
34. Captain W. BENN

asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to issue in the "London Gazette" any further statement of the reasons for which recent honours were conferred?

39. Lieut.-Colonel Sir S. HOARE

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the fact that more than 200 Members have put their names to the Motion of the hon. Member for Wood Green—[Mr. G. LOCKER-LAMPSON—"That it is expedient that a Select Committee of seven Members of this House be appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords to consider the present methods of submitting names of persons for honours for the consideration of His Majesty, and to report what changes, if any, are desirable in order to secure that such honours shall only be given as a reward for public service"]—with reference to the submission of names for honours: and whether, in view of this fact and the further fact that a Debate upon a definite Motion is advantageous, he will say that the Debate will take place on the hon. Member's Motion?


asked the Prime Minister when the Debate on the Motion standing in the names of 200 Members in regard to the submission of names for honours will take place?

42. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Prime Minister whether the discussion on honours will be taken on the Motion standing on the Order Paper in the names of nearly 200 Members?


I have seen the Motion referred to, and the Government are quite prepared to take the discussion on that Motion. But owing to the continued indisposition of my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House (Mr. Chamberlain), I am not yet in a position to add anything further to what I said in reply to questions on this subject on Thursday last.

Captain BENN

Will the right hon. Gentleman kindly answer my question?


I have answered all the questions. Whatever further statements are to be made will be made in the course of that Debate.


When will the right hon. Gentleman be able to say when a day will be available?


I am very sorry to say that my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House is not likely to be in the House this week. I anticipated that he would be here to-day, but I very much regret to say that he is not likely to resume this week.


Is the Prime Minister aware that a further Debate is to take place in another place, and that it would be very advantageous if we could have a Debate here on that account as soon as possible, so that this House may also have an opportunity of discussing this question?


I can assure my hon. Friend that the Government are just as anxious as any hon. Member of this House for discussion, and that the sooner we have discussion the better. But I am not in a position this week, in the absence of my right hon. Friend, to make definite arrangements, and, in any case, it is essential that we should clear certain business out of the way before we can find the opportunity.


Is it the intention of the Government to have an inquiry into the origin of all peerages?


Is it not a fact that the right hon. Member for West Birmingham (Mr. Chamberlain) is only Deputy-Leader of the House, and is not the Prime Minister the Leader of the House in the absence of the right hon. Member? Is the Prime Minister incapable of finding out from the Patronage Secretary which day will be available for the discussion of this business?