HC Deb 30 November 1933 vol 283 cc1060-1

May I ask the Prime Minister if he will announce the business for next week?


Monday: Continuation of the Debate on the Second Reading of the Unemployment Bill.

Consideration of Motions to approve the following Orders: Irish Free State (Special Duties) (No. 3) and Import Duties (Substitution) (No. 1).

Tuesday: Conclusion of the Debate on the Second Reading of the Unemployment Bill.

Wednesday: Private Members' Motions.

Thursday: In the event of Newfoundland accepting the proposals recently put forward by the Government and asking us to take action to put them into effect, we would propose to introduce on Monday next the requisite Financial Resolution. It has been arranged through the usual channels to debate this Resolution as first Order on Thursday, and afterwards to take the Second Beading of the Agricultural Marketing Bill.

Friday: Private Members' Bills.

On any day, if there is time, other Orders may be taken.

It may perhaps be for the convenience of the House if I state now that the Committee stage of the Financial Resolution relating to the Unemployment Bill will be taken on Monday week, 11th December.


With reference to the business for this Monday, I notice that the Dominions Secretary is bringing forward another Irish Free State (Special Duties) Order. Might I ask if this very important subject, which is something more than the mere passing or voting of an Import Duties Order, could not be discussed at a better hour of the day than II o'clock at night, after a full day on the Unemployment Bill?


It is exempted business.


I am quite aware of that, and I am not questioning the right of the Government to take it at that time. I am questioning the decency of asking the House to discuss this matter at that hour.


Is it not a fact that in this instance the Order is one which is not contentious?


The whole business is contentious.

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