HL Deb 23 July 1918 vol 30 cc1001-2

My Lords, I should like to ask my noble, friend the Leader of the House whether he can tell us when the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Bill is going to be taken in your Lordships' House.


My Lords, we propose to ask the House to give a First Beading to the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Bill to-day, and to take the Second Reading on Friday when we will meet at the usual hour—namely, 4.30. As I happen to be o my legs I might, perhaps, make one or two other observations upon the proposed order of business. To-morrow there is a very important Motion standing in the name of my noble friend Lord Selborne, which will probably occupy a certain amount of time. Therefore I suggest that we should meet at 3.30 to-morrow, instead of 4.30, my noble friend having precedence with his Motion; that we then take the further stage of the Second Reading debate on the Education Bill, which measure my noble friend Lord Lytton is about to move this afternoon. I have reason to believe that if we adopt this course we shall be able to get the Second Reading of the Education Bill to-morrow evening; and in those circumstances it will, I believe, be unnecessary to ask your Lordships to sit after dinner to-night for the earlier stage of the Second Reading discussion.


May I say, with reference to the noble Earl's observations, that he had asked me, under the conditions of business, not to bring on my Tithe Rentcharge Redemption Bill this afternoon. Of course, I readily assent, and I propose to put it down for Second Reading on Thursday next. There are some other Bills in front, but I am told that they are not likely to take a long time; and that will be before the Committee stage of the Education Bill. I do not know whether there is any objection to that course.


I do not think so, my Lords. As the noble Lord will remember, I told him in the letter to which he refers that the Government were going themselves to introduce a Tithe Rentcharge Bill at an early date, and it is fur him to say whether, in view of that information, he thinks it necessary to proceed with the discussion of his Bill. If, however, he desires to go on, I see no objection.


I desire to go on with my Bill.