HC Deb 05 April 1933 vol 276 cc1758-63

May I ask the Prime Minister if he has any statement to make regarding business?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

Yes, Sir; and I must apologise to the House for the fact that my statement will be an unusually long one.

In view of the representations which have been made, the Government agree to give extra time for the consideration of the Russian Goods (Import Prohibition) Bill, if it is required. We shall take the Second Reading to-day, and the remaining stages to-morrow, disposing of the Bill by about 9 or 10 o'clock. Afterwards we propose further to consider the Rent Restrictions Bill in Committee.

The remaining business to be taken before the Easter Recess has been the subject of negotiation and agreement through the usual channels, and it might be for the convenience of the House if a statement on Business were made to-day instead of to-morrow.

In the event of the Resolution passed by this House relating to the appointment of a Joint Select Committee on; India being agreed to in another place, we shall on Monday next consider a Motion nominating the Commoner Members of the Joint Committee, and then deal with the following Orders:

This is a long list, but, if hon. Members will look into it, they will find that there is very little business in it. I am informed that a large number of the Lords Amendments to the London Passenger Transport Bill are purely drafting, and that the last four Orders I have mentioned are of a non-contentious nature, involving not much more than formalities.

Tuesday, 11th April: Rent Restrictions Bill, conclusion of Committee stage. Children and Young Persons Bill [Lords], remaining stages. Hon. Members will recollect that this is a purely consolidating Measure. Teachers (Superannuation) Money Resolution, Report.

Wednesday, 12th April: Debate on the Motion relating to Unemployment which has been tabled by the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition.

On Thursday, 13th April, when the House will meet at Eleven o'clock, it is hoped to take the Motion for the Easter Adjournment until Tuesday, 25th April.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland informs me that he is tabling to-day a Motion with regard to Vile appointment of a tribunal under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921, to inquire into certain allegations in connection with the administration of affairs by the Corporation of Glasgow. It would, of course, be desirable that the Resolution should be passed before the House rises for the Easter Recess.


Is it generally agreed that the proceedings on the Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Bill on Monday should occupy the time until, say, Eleven o'Clock, and that this other non-controversial business should come afterwards? We want as much time as we can get for the Housing Bill.

The PRIME MINISTER indicated assent.


May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he or the Foreign Secretary will be able, on the Motion for the Adjournment, to make any further statement about the Rome proposals?


I think it might be possible. Would my right hon. Friend be good enough to consult either the Foreign Secretary or myself in the interval? We will do everything that we can to make a statement possible.


Should I be out of order if I asked the right hon. Gentleman on what date the names of the persons selected to serve on the Joint Select Committee on India will be divulged to us?


I hope they will be on the Paper on Friday, or at any rate on Monday.


I am sorry that I did not catch the portion of the Prime Minister's statement concerning the tribunal of inquiry into the allegations of graft in Glasgow. Would he tell me again when that proposal is to be brought forward; and, as there will require to be a Debate on it, could he say what time will be given for that Debate?


The communication from the Secretary of State for Scotland has only just come in, and we have not been able to assign time for it. All that I announced to-day was that it would be desirable that the Resolution should be passed before the House rises for the Easter Recess.


Will it be possible, before we part for the Easter Recess, for the Prime Minister or the Foreign Secretary to give us any information about the negotiations with America regarding debts?


No, that will not be possible.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on Government Business 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, 293; Noes, 46.

Division No. 120.] AYES. [3.20 p.m.
Acland, Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Dyke Balfour, George (Hampstead) Borodale, Viscount
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel Barclay-Harvey, C. M. Boulton, W. W.
Adams, Samuel Vyvyan T. (Leeds, W.) Barton, Capt. Basil Kelsey Bower, Lieut.-Com. Robert Tatton
Agnew, Lieut.-Com. P. G. Beaumont, M. W. (Bucks., Aylesbury) Bowyer, Capt. Sir George E. W.
Allen, Sir J. Sandeman (Liverp'l, W.) Beaumont, Hon. R.E.B. (Portsm'th, C.) Briscoe, Capt. Richard George
Allen, William (Stoke-on-Trent) Beit, Sir Alfred L. Broadbent, Colonel John
Amery, Rt. Hon. Leopold C. M. S. Benn, Sir Arthur Shirley Brocklebank, C. E. R.
Anstruther-Gray, W. J. Bennett, Capt. Sir Ernest Nathaniel Brown, Ernest (Leith)
Atholl, Duchess of Bernays, Robert Bullock, Captain Malcolm
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Blindell, James Burgin, Dr. Edward Leslie
Burnett, John George Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry Petherick, M.
Butler, Richard Austen Harbord, Arthur Peto, Sir Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Cadogan, Hon. Edward Harris, Sir Percy Pickering, Ernest H.
Caine, G. R. Hall- Hartington, Marquess of Pickford, Hon. Mary Ada
Campbell, Edward Taswell (Bromley) Hartland, George A. Pike, Cecil F.
Campbell, Vice-Admiral G. (Burnley) Haslam, Henry (Horncastle) Potter, John
Campbell-Johnston, Malcolm Haslam, Sir John (Bolton) Powell, Lieut.-Col. Evelyn G. H.
Caporn, Arthur Cecil Headlam, Lieut.-Col. Cuthbert M. Pownall, Sir Assheton
Carver, Major William H. Hellgers, Captain F. F. A. Procter, Major Henry Adam
Cautley, Sir Henry S. Hepworth, Joseph Pybus, Percy John
Cayzer, Sir Charles (Chester, City) Hoare, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir S. J. G. Raikes, Henry V. A. M.
Cayzer, Maj. Sir H. R. (Prtsmth., S.) Holdsworth, Herbert Ramsay, Capt. A. H. M. (Midlothian)
Cazalet, Thelma (Islington, E.) Hope, Capt. Hon. A. O. J. (Aston) Ramsay, T. B. W. (Western Isles)
Cazalet, Capt. V. A. (Chippenham) Hornby, Frank Ramsden, Sir Eugene
Chamberlain, Rt. Hn. Sir J.A. (Birm., W.) Horsbrugh, Florence Rankin, Robert
Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. N. (Edgbaston) Howitt, Dr. Alfred B. Ratcliffe, Arthur
Chapman, Sir Samuel (Edinburgh, S.) Hudson, Capt. A. U. M.(Hackney, N.) Rawson, Sir Cooper
Chorlton, Alan Ernest Leofric Hunter, Dr. Joseph (Dumfries) Rea, Walter Russell
Christie, James Archibald Hurd, Sir Percy Reid, Capt. A. Cunningham-
Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston Spencer Inskip, Rt. Hon. Sir, Thomas W. H. Reid, William Allan (Derby)
Clarke, Frank Jackson, Sir Henry (Wandsworth, C.) Renwick, Major Gustay A.
Clarry, Reginald George James, Wing-Com. A. W. H. Roberts, Aled (Wrexham)
Clayton, Dr. George C. Johnstone, Harcourt (S. Shields) Roberts, Sir Samuel (Ecclesall)
Cochrane, Commander Hon. A. D. Jones, Henry Haydn (Merioneth) Robinson, John Roland
Colville, Lieut.-Colonel J. Ker, J. Campbell Ropner, Colonel L.
Conant, R. J. E. Kimball, Lawrence Ross, Ronald D.
Cook, Thomas A. Knebworth, Viscount Ross Taylor, Walter (Woodbridge)
Cooke, Douglas Knight, Holford Rothschild, James A. de
Copeland, Ida Lambert, Rt. Hon. George Ruggles-Brise, Colonel E. A.
Cowan, D. M. Law, Sir Alfred Runciman, Rt. Hon. Walter
Cranborne, Viscount Lees-Jones, John Runge, Norah Cecil
Craven-Ellis, William Leighton, Major B. E. P. Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Crooke, J. Smedley Lennox-Boyd, A. T. Russell, Richard John (Eddisbury)
Crookshank, Col. C. de Windt (Bootle) Lewis, Oswald Rutherford, John (Edmonton)
Crookshank, Capt. H. C, (Gainsb'ro) Lindsay, Noel Ker Salmon, Sir Isidore
Cross, R. H. Lister, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip Cunliffe- Samuel, Sir Arthur Michael (F'nham)
Cruddas, Lieut.-Colonel Bernard Llewellyn-Jones, Frederick Samuel, Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Darwen)
Curry, A. C. Lloyd, Geoffrey Sandeman, Sir A. N. Stewart
Davies, Maj. Geo. F. (Somerset, Yeovil) Locker-Lampson, Rt. Hn. G. (Wd, Gr'n) Sanderson, Sir Frank Barnard
Denman, Hon. R. D. Locker-Lampson, Com. O.(Handsw'th) Selley, Harry R,
Denville, Alfred Loder, Captain J. de Vere Shaw, Helen B. (Lanark, Bothwell)
Dickie, John P. Lovat-Frater, James Alexander Simon, Rt. Hon. Sir John
Donner, P. W. Lyons, Abraham Montagu Sinclair, Maj. Rt. Hn. Sir A. (C'thness)
Doran, Edward Mabane, William Smith, Bracewell (Dulwich)
Dower, Captain A. V. G. MacAndrew, Capt. J. O. (Ayr) Smith, Louis W. (Sheffield, Hallam)
Drewe, Cedric McCorquodale, M. S. Smith, R. W. (Ab'rd'n & Kinc'dine, C.)
Duckworth, George A. V. MacDonald, Rt. Hn. J. R. (Seaham) Smith-Carington, Neville W.
Dugdale, Captain Thomas Lionel Macdonald, Capt. P. D. (I. of W.) Somerville, Annesley A. (Windsor)
Duggan, Hubert John McEwen, Captain J. H. F. Soper, Richard
Duncan, James A. L. (Kensington, N.) McKeag, William Sotheron-Estcourt, Captain T. E.
Dunglass, Lord Maclay, Hon. Joseph Paton Southby, Commander Archibald R. J.
Eales, John Frederick McLean, Major Sir Alan Spencer, Captain Richard A.
Eden, Robert Anthony McLean, Dr. W. H. (Tradeston) Spens, William Patrick
Edge, Sir William Macpherson, Rt. Hon. Sir Ian Stanley, Lord (Lancaster, Fylde)
Edmondson, Major A. J. Magnay, Thomas Stanley, Hon. O. F. C. (Westmorland)
Elliot, Major Rt. Hon. Walter E. Maitland, Adam Stevenson, James
Ellis, Sir R. Geoffrey Mallalieu, Edward Lanceiot Stewart, J. H. (Fife, E.)
Eillston, Captain George Sampson Margesson, Capt. Rt. Hon. H. D. R. Stones, James
Elmley, Viscount Marsden, Commander Arthur Storey, Samuel
Entwistle, Cyril Fullard Martin, Thomas B. Strauss, Edward A,
Erskine, Lord (Weston-super-Mare) Mason, David M. (Edinburgh, E.) Strickland, Captain W. F.
Erskine-Bolst, Capt. C. C. (Blackpool) Mayhew, Lieut.-Colonel John Stuart, Lord C. Crichton-
Evans, R. T. (Carmarthen) Mills, Sir Frederick (Leyton, E.) Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray F.
Faile, Sir Bertram G. Mills, Major J. D. (New Forest) Summersby, Charles H.
Foot, Dingle (Dundee) Molson, A. Hugh Elsdale Sutcliffe, Harold
Fox, Sir Gifford Monsell, Rt. Hon. Sir B. Eyres Tate, Mavis Constance
Ganzoni, Sir John Moore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C. Templeton, William P.
Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John Moreing, Adrian C. Thomas, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Derby)
Gledhill, Gilbert Morgan, Robert H. Thompson, Luke
Glossop, C. W. H. Morris-Jones, Dr. J. H. (Denbigh) Todd, Capt. A. J. K. (B'wick-on-T.)
Gluckstein, Louis Halle Moss, Captain H. J. Touche, Gordon Cosmo
Glyn, Major Ralph G. C. Muirhead, Major A. J. Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Golf Sir Park Munro, Patrick Wallace, Captain D. E. (Hornsey)
Goodman, Colonel Albert W. Nation, Brigadler-General J. J. H. Wallace, John (Dunfermline)
Graham, Sir F. Fergus (C'mb'rl'd, N.) Nicholson, Godfrey (Morpeth) Ward, Lt.-Col. Sir A. L. (Hull)
Grattan-Doyle, Sir Nicholas Nicholson, Rt. Hn. W. G. (Petersf'ld) Ward, Irene Mary Bewick (Wallsend)
Gretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. John Nunn, William Ward, Sarah Adelaide (Cannock)
Griffith, F. Kingsley (Middlesbro', W). O'Connor, Terence James Warrender, Sir Victor A. G.
Grimston, R. V. Oman, Sir Charles William C. Waterhouse, Captain Charles
Guinness, Thomas L. E. B. Ormsby-Gore, Rt. Hon. William G. A. Watt, Captain George Steven H.
Guy, J. C. Morrison Patrick, Colin M. Wedderburn, Henry James Scrymgeour.
Hales, Harold K. Peake, Captain Osbert Wells, Sydney Richard
Hamilton, Sir R. W. (Orkney & Ztl'nd) Pearson, William G. Weymouth, Viscount
Hanbury, Cecil Percy, Lord Eustace Whiteside, Borras Noel H.
Hanley, Dennis A. Peters, Dr. Sidney John Williams, Charles (Devon, Torquay)
Williams, Herbert G. (Croydon, S.) Womersley, Walter James TELLERS FOR THE AYES.
Wills, Wilfrid D. Wood, Rt. Hon. Sir H. Kingsley Sir Frederick Thomson and Sir
Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George Wood, Sir Murdoch McKenzie (Banff) George Penny.
Wise, Alfred R. Worthington, Dr. John V.
Adams, D. M. (Poplar, South) Hall, F. (York, W.R., Normanton) Mainwaring, William Henry
Attlee, Clement Richard Hall, George H. (Merthyr Tydvil) Mander, Geoffrey le M.
Banfield, John William Healy, Cahir Maxton, James
Batey, Joseph Hicks, Ernest George Nathan, Major H. L.
Bevan, Aneurin (Ebbw Vale) Hirst, George Henry Parkinson, John Allen
Brown, C. W. E. (Notts., Mansfield) John, William Price, Gabriel
Cape, Thomas Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly) Salter, Dr. Alfred
Cocks, Frederick Seymour Kirkwood, David Thorne, William James
Cove, William G. Lansbury, Rt. Hon. George Tinker, John Joseph
Cripps, Sir Stafford Lawson, John James Wallhead, Richard C.
Daggar, George Leonard, William Williams, David (Swansea, East)
Davies, David L. (Pontypridd) Logan, David Gilbert Williams, Edward John (Ogmore)
Dobbie, William Lunn, William Williams, Dr. John H. (Llanelly)
Edwards, Charles McEntee, Valentine L. Williams, Thomas (York, Don Valley)
Grenfell, David Rees (Glamorgan) McGovern, John
Grundy, Thomas W. Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Mr. Groves and Mr. D. Graham.

Resolution agreed to.