HC Deb 08 December 1933 vol 283 cc2065-8

Resolution reported, That, with a view to giving effect to certain recommendations of the Royal Commission on Newfoundland referred to in an Address presented to His Majesty by the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly of Newfoundland, it is expedient—

  1. (a) to empower His Majesty by letters patent to revoke the existing letters patent by which the office of Governor of Newfoundland was constituted and the amending letters patent regarding the absence

mittee of the Whole House."—[Mr. Isaac Foot.

The House divided: Ayes, 51; Noes, 89.

Division No. 16.] AYES. [4.15 p.m.
Adams, Samuel Vyvyan T. (Leeds, W.) Evans, David Owen (Cardigan) Maxton, James
Alien, William (Stoke-on-Trent) Foot, Dingle (Dundee) Molson, A. Hugh Elsdale
Allen, Lt.-Col. Sir William (Armagh) Gillett, Sir George Masterman Morrison, William Shepherd
Aske, Sir Robert William Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Nicholson, Godfrey (Morpeth)
Attlee, Clement Richard Greaten, David Rees (Glamorgan) Peto, Geoffrey K.(W'verh'pt'n, Bilst'n)
Banfield, John William Griffith, F. Kingsley (Middlesbro, W.) Price, Gabriel
Batey, Joseph Groves, Thomas E. Ramsay, T. B. W. (Western Isles)
Bevan, Aneurin (Ebbw Vale) Grundy, Thomas W. Rathbone, Eleanor
Birchen, Major Sir John Dearman Hall, George H. (Merthyr Tydvil) Rea, Walter Russell
Briant, Frank Hurst, Sir Gerald B. Russell, R. J. (Eddisbury)
Browne, Captain A. C. Jackson, Sir Henry (Wandsworth, C.) Soper, Richard
Buchan-Hepburn, P. G. T. Johnstone, Harcourt (S. Shields) Stewart, J. H. (Fife, E.)
Burnett, John George Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly) Tinker, John Joseph
Cape, Thomas Lansbury, Rt. Hon. George Wilmot, John
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) Llewellyn-Jones, Frederick Wood, Sir Murdoch McKenzie (Banff)
Dobbie, William McKie, John Hamilton
Edwards, Charles Magnay, Thomas TELLERS FOR THE AYES.
Essenhigh, Reginald Clare Mason, David M. (Edinburgh, E.) Mr. Isaac Foot and Mr. Ernest
Adams, D. M. (Poplar, South) Duggan, Hubert John Nall-Cain, Hon. Ronald
Albery, Irving James Entwistle, Cyril Fullard Nation, Brigadier-General J. J. H.
Applin, Lieut.-Col. Reginald V. K. Erskine-Bolst, Capt. C. C. (Blackpool) Nicholson, Rt. Hn. W. G. (Peters'fld)
Balfour, Capt. Harold (I. of Thanet) Evans, Capt. Arthur (Cardiff, S.) Raikes, Henry V. A. M.
Banks, Sir Reginald Mitchell Everard, W. Lindsay Ramer, John R.
Beaumont, Hon. R.E.B. (Portsm'th,C.) Ford, Sir Patrick J. Rhys, Hon. Charles Arthur U.
Belt, Sir Alfred L. Fraser, Captain Ian Rickards, George William
Bevan, Stuart James (Holborn) Galbraith, James Francis Wallace Samuel, Sir Arthur Michael (F'nham)
Blaker, Sir Reginald Glossop, C. W. H. Sandeman, Sir A. N. Stewart
Bossom, A. C. Goldie, Noel B. Smith, Bracewell (Dulwich)
Bower, Lieut.-Com. Robert Tatton Grattan-Doyle, Sir Nicholas Smith, Sir J. Walker- (Barrow-in-F.)
Brass, Captain Sir William Gretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. John Somerville, Annesley A (Windsor)
Broadbent, Colonel John Gritten, W. G. Howard Sotheron-Estcourt, Captain T. E.
Brocklebank, C. E. R. Guest, Capt. Rt. Hon. F. E. Spens, William Patrick
Burton, Colonel Henry Walter Hartland, George A. Strauss, Edward A.
Campbell, Sir Edward Taswell (Brmly) Hope, Sydney (Chester, Stalybridge) Summersby, Charles H.
Campbell-Johnston, Malcolm Hurd, Sir Percy Tate, Mavis Constance
Caporn, Arthur Cecil Hutchison, W. D. (Essex, Romford) Thomas, James P. L. (Hereford)
Carver, Major William H. Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown) Thorp, Linton Theodore
Cayzer, Sir Charles (Chester, City) Knight, Holford Todd, A. L. S. (Kingswinford)
Clayton, Sir Christopher Knox, Sir Alfred Touche, Gordon Cosmo
Cobb, Sir Cyril Law, Sir Alfred Wayland, Sir William A.
Courthope, Colonel Sir George L. Leighton, Major B. E. P. Whyte, Jardine Bell
Croft, Brigadier-General Sir H. Levy, Thomas Williams, Herbert G. (Croydon, S.)
Crookshank, Capt. H. C. (Gainsb'ro) McCorquodale, M. S. Wilson, Lt.-Col. Sir Arnold (Hertf'd)
Cross, R. H. Maitland, Adam Wise, Alfred R.
Dagger, George Making, Brigadier-General Ernest Wolmer, Rt. Hon. Viscount
Davison, Sir William Henry Marsden, Commander Arthur
Dickie, John P. Mason, Col. Glyn K. (Croydon, N.) TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Donner, P. W. Mayhew, Lieut.-Colonel John Mr. John Lockwood and Mr. Pike.
Doran, Edward Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham)

Bill committed to a Standing Committee.

of the Governor from Newfoundland, and to make provision for the administration of Newfoundland on the basis of the said recommendations;

  1. (b) to authorise the making, so long as the administration of Newfoundland is vested in the Governor acting on the advice of a Commission of Government constituted in accordance with the recommendations aforesaid, of advances by way of grant or of loan out of moneys provided by Parliament to the Government of Newfoundland for any of the purposes of the administration of Newfoundland, including the expenses of the public services and the service of the public debt;
  2. (c) in the event of His Majesty being empowered as aforesaid, to authorise the 2067 Treasury to guarantee the principal of, and the interest on, any stock issued by the Government of Newfoundland under section two of an Act of the Legislature of Newfoundland entitled the Loan Act, 1933, and the payments to be made under section three of the said Act to the sinking fund to be established thereunder, and to charge on the Consolidated Fund any moneys required to fulfil any such guarantee;
  3. (d) to authorise the Treasury to issue out of the Consolidated Fund by way of temporary advance to the Government of Newfoundland any sums which that Government has power to borrow temporarily under the provisions of section two of the said Loan Act, 1933;
  4. (e) to amend section one of the Colonial Development Act, 1929, by omitting the words "for the Colonies" from subsection (1) of the said section one; and
  5. (f) to authorise the inclusion in any Act to give effect to the foregoing provisions of this Resolution of such incidental And consequential provisions in connection with the matters aforesaid as may he necessary or expedient."
Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."

4.23 p.m.


I only want to say that, although we are assenting to this course, we think it is unfortunate, and hope that it will not be taken as a precedent that a Measure of this kind should come before the House on a Friday afternoon. Of course, by agreement we may do anything, but sometimes there may be a Measure which may be just as urgent as this one but which it may be necessary for the Opposition to fight strenuously. I do not want this to be taken in any way as a precedent. We are assenting to it because we understand that the Bill will be, in effect, the Resolution that we are passing to-day. It is on these conditions that we have assented to the procedure that is being followed this afternoon.


I do not want to oppose the Measure in any way, but I wish the usual channels would take steps to see, when bringing forward a thing by agreement, that we should get agreement at once.


I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his assistance to the Government in this case and I will take full cognisance of what he has said about not using this as a precedent. To the hon. Member below the Gangway I would say that conversations took place yesterday after Questions.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill ordered to be brought in upon the said Resolution by Mr. Thomas, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. HoreBelisha, and Mr. Malcolm MacDonald.

  1. NEWFOUNDLAND BILL, 111 words