HL Deb 18 July 1918 vol 30 c990

Order of the Day for the House to be put into Committee, real.


My Lords, in moving that the House do resolve itself into Committee on this Bill, I should like to apologise to your Lordships for my absence when the Second Reading was taken. I was the subject of a mishap which not only prevented my attendance here but prevented me from communicating with my noble friend Lord Hylton inviting him to postpone the Second Reading of the Bill. I desire to assure you that my absence was not a "clear want of respect to this House," as stated by a noble Lord, who expressed the hope that if your Lordships gave a Second Reading to the Bill you would make it clear that "you would not tolerate such treatment" in future. I have always done my utmost to support the dignity of this House, and much of my political life has been spent in trying to make certain that this House shall be an integral part of the British legislature.

Moved, That the House do now resolve itself into Committee.— (The Earl of Crawford.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

House in Committee accordingly.

Bill reported without amendment.