HL Deb 16 December 1908 vol 198 cc1763-4

My Lords, I should be glad to know whether His Majesty's Government have any announcement to make as to the course of business to-morrow.


My Lords, in the absence of my noble friend the Lord Privy Seal, I wish to state for the convenience of your Lordships that it is proposed to-morrow that the House should meet at half-past three with the object of giving full time to my noble friend the Secretary of State for India to make the statement which was unavoidably postponed on Monday, for reasons with which your Lordships are acquainted. It is usual on these occasions for a statement of this character and importance to be made in both Houses of Parliament, and a statement will also be made, I am informed, in another place. But as the Secretary of State for India occupies a seat in your Lordships' House it is right and natural that his statement should be made at a time and under circumstances which will enable the full attention to be given to it which the circumstances of the case and his position as Secretary of State for India naturally demand.