HL Deb 18 December 1906 vol 167 cc1152-3
THE LORD PRIVY SEAL (The Marquess of Ripon),

who had given notice to move that Standing Order No. XXI. be dispensed with, and the adjourned debate on the Education Bill be resumed after the consideration of the Town Tenants (Ireland) Bill, said: My Lords, I have a Motion on the Paper for suspending one of the Standing Orders, but I understand that on the whole it would be more convenient if the Education Bill were not taken to-day. Therefore, I shall not move my Motion, and the business will proceed in the usual manner.


With reference to the statement which the noble Marquess has just made, I should like to ask him whether he merely desires to give priority to the consideration of the Workmen's Compensation Bill in Committee, leaving the consideration of the Education Bill on the Paper in case any further statement has to be made with regard to it; or whether, on the contrary, he wishes that the Education Bill should not be further considered till to-morrow. I venture to suggest that there might possibly be some convenience in taking the former course.


I shall be very ready to adopt my noble friend's suggestion. I did suggest that it should be put off till to-morrow, but after what the noble Marquess has said I propose that the Town Tenants (Ireland) Bill and the other Bills on the Paper shall be taken in the order in which they stand, leaving it open to bring on the discussion on the Education Bill at a later period.


In the event of there being a debate on the Education Bill to-morrow night, I should like to ask what will happen to the Land Tenure Bill? There have been a great many Amendments made in that Bill, and I know there is a general desire on both sides that the measure should not be lost. As time is short, I should like to know what arrangements are likely to be made with regard to that Bill.


I have not really considered that point, but I suppose the course in that case would be that the Education Bill should be taken first and the Land Tenure Bill afterwards. I have no idea of removing the Land Tenure Bill from the Paper for to-morrow.

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