§ Mr. ATTLEE
May I ask the Prime Minister what will be the business for next week; and also whether he can inform the House when the Easter Recess will be taken and when the House will re-assemble, and on what date the Chancellor of the Exchequer will open his Budget?
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald) The business for next week will be as follows:
§ Monday: Supply, 3rd Allotted Day—Report stage of the Navy, Air and Army Estimates; consideration of Motions to approve the Import Duties Exemptions Order No. 2 and Additional Import Duties Orders No. 6 and No. 4; and, if there is time, the Second Reading of the British Sugar (Subsidy) Bill and the Committee Stage of the Overseas Trade Bill.
§ Tuesday: Second Reading of the Illegal Trawling (Scotland) Bill, and of the Assessor of Public Undertakings (Scotland) Bill; Committee stage of the Land Settlement (Scotland) (Money) Resolution; and consideration of Motions to approve the Draft Order made under the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924, relating to Scotland, and of the Scheme to regulate the Marketing of Milk in Aberdeen and District.583
§ Friday: Private Members' Bills.
§ On any day, if there is time, other Orders may be taken.
§ The Chancellor of the Exchequer will open his Budget on Tuesday, the 17th April.
§ As regards the Easter Recess, we propose that the House shall rise on Thursday, the 29th March, and resume on Monday, the 9th April.
§ Mr. ATTLEE
May I ask the Prime Minister, with regard to the Debate on Unemployment on the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill on Wednesday, whether it will be possible for a Minister to be present to give the general policy of the Government with regard to the problem of hard-core unemployment in the distressed areas, as it is the desire of the Opposition to discuss that problem, and not so much the general range of a Departmental question? May I also ask the Prime Minister how far he intends to go to-night in the event of the Motion which stands in his name on the Paper being carried?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I will take note of the request of the hon. Gentleman regarding the presence of a Minister on Wednesday. With regard to the proposed suspension of the Eleven o'Clock Rule, the Government do not propose to go further than the first three items on the Order Paper—Supply, Committee; Ways and Means, Committee; and the Third Reading of the North Atlantic Shipping Bill.
§ Sir HERBERT SAMUEL
With regard to Monday's business, do I understand that the British Sugar (Subsidy) Bill will not be taken at a late hour? Might I suggest that it should be put down on some day, not almost at the end of a long list of Orders, but as the first or second Order?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
My right hon. Friend will have-observed that I said that if there is time the Second Reading 584 of the British Sugar (Subsidy) Bill will be taken. That means that we shall not take it at an inordinately late hour—the same arrangement that we made before, namely, that it will not be taken unless it is entered into well before Eleven o'Clock.
§ Sir H. SAMUEL
Really, I would press the Prime Minister that it would not be right that that Bill should be taken at any hour approaching Eleven o'clock. It will be the first occasion on which we shall have had an opportunilty of raising the whole policy. All of the previous Debates have been of a limited character, and there are various Members in different parts of the House who wish to speak on the matter. I submit that the question is one which should be very fully debated, and that to take it even at Ten o'clock would be too late. I suggest that it should be put down for early consideration on some subsequent day.
§ Mr. MAXTON
I observe that the Prime Minister's statement of business includes no proposal for making further progress with the Unemployment Bill. May I ask him if the attention of the Government has been drawn to the following two Motions which stand on the Order Paper:That, notwithstanding the adoption by the House of a time-table governing the Debates on any Bill, it shall be the duty of the Chairman to make a report to the House regarding any clauses of the Bill which shall have been passed without debate as a result of the time-table, and thereafter the Bill shall stand re-committed with regard to such clauses for so many days as the House shall determine, such a number of days not being in excess of the number already allotted to the Report stage of such Bill."—[Captain Crookshank.]That, in the opinion of this House, the existing arrangements for the drawing up of Time-Table Motions for Bills are unsatisfactory, and for the better ordering of debate in the case of Bills subject to such Motions it is desirable that an impartial and representative committee of this House should be set up with authority to determine in all such cases the number of days to be allotted to each stage of the Bill and the precise allocation of time during those days to the various parts of the Bill."—[Mr. Lewis.]These Motions suggest ways in which the difficulties of the discussion of the Bill might be remedied at a later stage, and I should like to ask the Prime Minister if he will be good enough to see whether an opportunity can be given for discussing these Motions?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I am very much obliged to my hon. Friend for having given me notice that he was going to raise this question. I can only say again what has already been stated, namely, that when we have completed the Committee stage of the Unemployment Bill all the considerations on which opinions have been expressed from any quarter of the House bearing upon the progress of that Measure will receive consideration from the Government; and, further, that when the time comes to allot a number of days for the concluding stages of the Bill, it is our intention to consult the Opposition parties and representatives of supporters of the Government, in order to work out a time-table in the most convenient form for the House as a whole.
§ Mr. LEWIS
Arising out of the Prime Minister's answer, may I ask him whether, seeing that the Motion which stands in my name and those of other Members recommends a course of action which has been recommended by the Select Committee on Procedure, his answer to the hon. Member for Bridgeton (Mr. Maxton) to-day means that he is so well satisfied with the working of the Guillotine that he does not propose to introduce proposals such as those outlined by the Select Committee on Procedure itself, and does not desire the House of Commons to have an opportunity of discussing the matter?
The PRIME MINKSTER
I really cannot add anything to what I have said. The question that is exercising the mind of the House is how the Bill can be dealt with on the Committee Stage in such a way as to give general satisfaction.
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
There is a Motion which has been on the Paper for a day or two in the name of the Secretary of State for Scotland dealing with the question
§ of housing—"That the draft of the Order proposed to be made by the Minister of Health and the Department of Health for Scotland with the approval of the Treasury, under Section five of the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924, as amended by Section forty-three of the Housing Act, 1930, which was presented on the 28th day of February, 1934, be approved." A serious situation has arisen, particularly in Glasgow and the surrounding districts. I gave notice that I would raise the question on the Adjournment some time ago, but the Adjournment seems to be closed these days. I was wondering if we could be allowed to discuss the matter on the Consolidated Fund Bill.
§ Mr. MAXTON
I notice that one day has been granted presumably to the official Opposition, and I imagine the second to supporters of the Government. That is quite in accordance with precedent and we are not objecting to it, but I would ask the right hon. Gentleman if out of the two days some time can be found for the discussion of the point put forward by my hon. Friend.
§ Mr. DENMAN
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will recall the admirable advice that he himself gave to a Select Committee, that there should be an impartial committee appointed to assist in drawing up time-tables, and enable the House to give effect to that advice?
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, 245; Noes, 36.587
|Boothby, Robert John Graham||Guest, Capt. Rt. Hon. F. E.||Pearson, William G.|
|Borodale, Viscount||Hall, Capt. W. D'Arcy (Brecon)||Petherick, M.|
|Bower, Lieut.-Com. Robert Tatton||Hamilton, Sir George (Ilford)||Peto, Sir Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)|
|Bowyer, Capt. Sir George E. W.||Hamilton, Sir R. W. (Orkney & Zetl'nd)||Peto, Geoffrey K. (W'verh'pt'n, Bilston)|
|Boyd-Carpenter, Sir Archibald||Hammersley, Samuel S.||Pickering, Ernest H.|
|Brats, Captain Sir William||Hanbury, Cecil||Pownall, Sir Assheton|
|Broadbent, Colonel John||Hartington, Marquess of||Ramsay, Capt. A. H. M. (Midlothian)|
|Brocklebank, C. E. R.||Harvey, Major S. E. (Devon, Totnes)||Ramsay, T. B. W. (Western Isles)|
|Brown, Col. D. C. (N'th'l'd., Hexham)||Headlam, Lieut.-Col. Cuthbert M.||Rea, Walter Russell|
|Brown, Ernest (Leith)||Hellgers, Captain F. F. A.||Reid, Capt. A. Cunningham-|
|Buchan-Hepburn, P. G. T.||Henderson, Sir Vivian L. (Chelmsf'd)||Reid, David D. (County Down)|
|Bullock, Captain Malcolm||Hills, Major Rt. Hon. John Waller||Reid. James S. C. (Stirling)|
|Burgin, Dr. Edward Leslie||Hope, Capt. Hon. A. O. J. (Aston)||Remer, John R.|
|Cadogan, Hon. Edward||Hore-Belisha, Leslie||Rhys, Hon. Charles Arthur U.|
|Campbell, Sir Edward Taswell (Brmly)||Hornby, Frank||Ropner, Colonel L.|
|Campbell-Johnston, Malcolm||Horsbrugh, Florence||Ross Taylor, Walter (Woodbridge)|
|Caporn, Arthur Cecil||Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.)||Ruggles-Brise, Colonel E. A.|
|Cautley, Sir Henry S.||Hudson, Robert Spear (Southport)||Runciman, Rt. Hon. Walter|
|Cayzer, Sir Charles (Chester, City)||Hunter, Capt. M. J. (Brigg)||Runge, Norah Cecil|
|Cayzer, Maj. Sir H. R. (Prtsmth., S.)||Hurd, Sir Percy||Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)|
|Cazalet, Capt. V. A. (Chippenham)||Hurst, Sir Gerald B.||Russell, R. J. (Eddisbury)|
|Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. Sir J. A. (Blrm, W.)||Jackson, Sir Henry (Wandsworth, C.)||Rutherford, John (Edmonton)|
|Chapman, Col. R. (Houghton-le-Spring)||James, Wing-Com. A. W. H.||Salmon, Sir Isidore|
|Choriton, Alan Ernest Leofric||Joel, Dudley J. Barnato||Samuel, Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Darwen)|
|Christie, James Archibald||Johnstone, Harcourt (S. Shields)||Sandeman, Sir A. N. Stewart|
|Clarke, Frank||Kerr, Hamilton W.||Sassoon, Rt. Hon. Sir Phillp A. G. D.|
|Cobb, Sir Cyril||Keyes, Admiral Sir Roger||Savery, Samuel Servlngton|
|Conant, R. J. E.||Knight, Holford||Shaw, Helen B. (Lanark, Bothwell)|
|Cook, Thomas A.||Law Sir Alfred||Shute, Colonel J. J.|
|Cooke, Douglat||Leckie, J. A.||Simmonds, Oliver Edwin|
|Cooper, A. Dull||Leech, Dr. J. W.||Sinclair, Maj. Rt. Hn. Sir A. (C'thness)|
|Copeland, Ida||Leighton, Major B. E. P.||Smith, R. W. (Ab'rd'n & Kinc'dlne, C.)|
|Cranborne, Viscount||Levy, Thomas||Smithers, Waldron|
|Craven-Ellis, William||Lewis, Oswald||Somervell, Sir Donald|
|Crookshank, Col. C. de Windt (Bootle)||Locker-Lampion, Rt. Hn. G. (Wd. Gr'n)||Sotheron-Estcourt, Captain T. E.|
|Crookshank, Capt. H. C. (Galntb'ro)||Loftus, Pierce C.||Southby, Commander Archibald R. J.|
|Crossley, A. C.||Lumley, Captain Lawrence R.||Spears, Brigadier-General Edward L.|
|Cruddas, Lieut.-Colonel Bernard||MacAndrew, Lieut.-Col. C. G. (Partick)||Spencer, Captain Richard A.|
|Culverwell, Cyril Tom||MacAndrew, Capt. J. O. (Ayr)||Spender-Clay, Rt. Hon. Herbert H.|
|Davison, Sir William Henry||McConnell, Sir Joseph||Stanley, Hon. O. F. G. (Westmorland)|
|Denman, Hon. R. D.||McCorquodale, M. S.||Stevenson, James|
|Dickie, John P.||MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Seaham)||Stewart, J. H. (Fife, E.)|
|Doran, Edward||MacDonald, Malcolm (Bassetlaw)||Sugden, Sir Wilfrid Hart|
|Dower, Captain A. V. G.||McKie, John Hamilton||Taylor, Vice-Admiral E. A. (P'dd'gt'n, S.)|
|Dugdale, Captain Thomas Lionel||McLean, Major Sir Alan||Thomas, James P. L. (Hereford)|
|Duggan, Hubert John||McLean, Dr. W. H. (Tradeston)||Thomas, Major L. B. (King's Norton)|
|Duncan, James A. L. (Kensington, N.)||Macpherson, Rt. Hon. Sir Ian||Thorp, Linton Theodore|
|Eden, Robert Anthony||Macquisten, Frederick Alexander||Titchfield, Major the Marquess of|
|Elliot, Rt. Hon. Walter||Magnay, Thomas||Todd, A. L. S. (Kingswinford)|
|Ellis, Sir R. Geoffrey||Maitland, Adam||Tree, Ronald|
|Elliston, Captain George Sampson||Making, Brigadier-General Ernest||Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement|
|Eimley, Viscount||Mallalieu, Edward Lancelot||Tufnell, Lieut.-Commander R. L.|
|Emmott, Charles E. G. C.||Mander, Geoffrey le M.||Turton, Robert Hugh|
|Emrys-Evans, P. V.||Manningham-Butter, Lt.-Col. Sir M.||Wallace, Captain D. E. (Hornsey)|
|Entwistle, Cyril Fullard||Margesson, Capt. Rt. Hon. H. D. R.||Ward, Lt.-Col. Sir A. L. (Hull)|
|Ersklne-Bolst, Capt. C. C. (Blackpool)||Marsden, Commander Arthur||Ward, Irene Mary Bewick (Wallsend)|
|Essenhigh, Reginald Clare||Martin, Thomas B.||Ward, Sarah Adelaide (Cannock)|
|Evans, David Owen (Cardigan)||Mayhew, Lieut.-Colonel John||Watt, Captain George Steven H.|
|Everard, W. Lindsay||Mills, Major J. D. (New Forest)||Wayland, Sir William A.|
|Fermoy, Lord||Mitchell, Harold P. (Br'tf'd & Chlsw'k)||Weymouth, Viscount|
|Fielden, Edward Brocklehurst||Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham)||Whiteside, Borras Noel H.|
|Fleming, Edward Lascelles||Mitcheson, G. G.||Whyte, Jardine Bell|
|Foot, Dingle (Dundee)||Monsell, Rt. Hon. Sir B. Eyres||Williams, Charles (Devon, Torquay)|
|Ford, Sir Patrick J.||Moore, Lt.-Col. Thomas C. R. (Ayr)||Williams, Herbert G. (Croydon, S.)|
|Fox, Sir Gifford||Moreing, Adrian C.||Wills, Wilfrid D.|
|Fraser, Captain Ian||Morris-Jones, Dr. J. H. (Denbigh)||Wilson, Lt.-Col. Sir Arnold (Hertf'd)|
|Fremantle, Sir Francis||Morrison, William Shepherd||Wilson, Clyde T. (West Toxteth)|
|Fuller, Captain A. O.||Most, Captain H. J.||Wilson, G. H. A. (Cambridge U.)|
|Glimour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John||Muirhead, Lieut.-Colonel A. J.||Wood, Rt. Hon. Sir H. Kingsley|
|Gluckstein, Louis Halle||Nation, Brigadier-General J. J. H.||Wood, Sir Murdoch McKenzie (Banff)|
|Glyn, Major Sir Ralph G. C.||Nicholson, Rt. Hn. W. G. (Petersf'ld)||Worthington, Dr. John V.|
|Goodman, Colonel Albert W.||Normand, Rt. Hon. Wilfrid||Young, Rt. Hon. Sir Hilton (S'v'noaks)|
|Graham, Sir F. Fergus (C'mb'rl'd. N.)||North, Edward T.||Young, Ernest J. (Middlesbrough, E.)|
|Gretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. John||Nunn, William|
|Griffith, F. Kingsley (Middlesbro, W.)||Ormsby-Gore, Rt. Hon. William G. A.||TELLERS FOR THE AYES|
|Grigg, Sir Edward||Patrick, Colin M.||Mr. Womersley and Major George|
|Grimston, R. V.||Peake, Captain Osbert||Davies.|
|Adams, D. M. (Poplar, South)||Cape, Thomas||Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton)|
|Attlee, Clement Richard||Cocks, Frederick Seymour||Dobbie, William|
|Batey, Joseph||Cove, William G.||Edwards, Charles|
|Brown, C. W. E. (Notts., Mansfield)||Daggar, George||George, Major G. Lloyd (Pembroke)|
|Buchanan, George||Davies, David L. (Pontypridd)||Grundy, Thomas W.|