HL Deb 12 December 1922 vol 52 cc374-5

My Lords, a Bill is expected from another place this evening—namely, the Importation of Animals Bill—which deals with the question of Canadian cattle. I should rather hope that your Lordships will agree to take the First Reading to-night, so that we may take the Second Reading to-morrow. In that case, I should propose, not to move the adjournment of the House, but to suggest that it should adjourn during pleasure until the Bill can be received. Your Lordships are aware that it is not necessary for the mass of the House to remain, but sufficient noble Lords must remain to do the necessary work.


My Lords, I have no desire to offer any opposition to the course which the noble Marquess has just suggested, for I am heartily in favour of the passage of this Bill and of the principle which is contained in it, but I cannot forbear to point out to the noble Marquess that very little time is left for discussion of the measure in your Lordships' House. I think I have heard the noble Marquess, in previous sessions of this House, pass somewhat strong comments when the Government of the day did not allow your Lordships sufficient time for the discussion of Bills of importance.


I propose to allow the House to have as much time as it likes.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.