§ THE MARQUESS OF LANSDOWNE
My Lords, I wish to ask the noble Marquess the Leader of the House a Question of which I have, given him private notice—namely, whether he is able to tell us what arrangement of business he proposes for the remaining days of this week.
THE LORD PRIVY SEAL AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (THE MARQUESS OF CREWE)
My Lords, I understand that it would not be altogether convenient to some members of the House to carry on the discussion in Committee on the Scottish Temperance Bill until late this evening. Therefore I propose that we should sit up to dinner this evening and resume the discussion of that Bill in Committee to-morrow. I hope there will be at any rate a fair chance of finishing the Committee stage of the Scottish Temperance Bill before a late hour to-morrow. In that case the Agricultural Holdings Bill, which is down for to-morrow, would be taken on Wednesday; and it probably would be for the convenience of the House to take the Criminal Law Amendment Bill on Thursday instead of, as was originally intended, on Wednesday. I throw out these suggestions in the hope that the noble Marquess may approve of them.
LORD BALFOUR OF BURLEIGH
My Lords, I should like, not on behalf of myself but of others, to make one reminder to the noble Marquess the Leader of the House. This Bill is of certain interest in Scotland, and if you sit late to-night, now that there is pressure in another place and facilities for telegraphing, of course, to Scotland are less good than in the case of the Press nearer London, it may tend to inconvenience in this respect, that the reports of the proceedings may be so abbreviated that those who are interested in the matter in Scotland would not know what had really happened.
THE MARQUESS OF CREWE
I entirely appreciate the noble Lord's point, and I am sure in that case he will do his best to help to the conclusion of the Committee stage, within the limits of fair discussion, by a reasonable hour to-morrow.