HL Deb 04 May 1926 vol 64 cc43-4

My Lords, in moving that your Lordships' House do now adjourn I desire to remind the House that there will be a Resolution to-morrow suspending the Standing Orders in order to take the Resolution spoken of earlier in the proceedings and to give it precedence over the Orders of the Day. I repeat this because, as your Lordships are aware there, is some doubt whether your Lordships will receive any Parliamentary Papers to-morrow morning. Therefore the Notice will not be in your hands in the ordinary sense of the word, although the giving of public notice in the House is sufficient.

I want to take the opportunity also of telling the House, and I will repeat it when there are more Peers present—that the officers of the House will make every effort to circulate what Papers are possible. It does not seem to be certain that the ordinary printed Papers can be circulated, but in some form or other—if not printed, at any rate in some other multiplied form—the actual business for the current week will be circulated so that noble Lords may have some knowledge of what is going to happen. I hope that at any rate that can be done in the case of noble Lords who usually attend your Lordships' House if they will be good enough to give their London address. There will also be similar Notices posted every day in the Prince's Chamber so that noble Lords can read them when they are here. We also hope to be able to circulate Notices of Amendments, but it will be quite impossible to reprint Bills at each stage. Indeed, the whole process of printing is doubtful, and I am afraid I must leave the matter there. It may restrain our ardour for legislation but I am not sure that the country will be very much worse off on that account.


The noble Marquess has referred to the discussion which will take place to-morrow upon the Regulations laid upon the Table, but he has not mentioned the fact that the Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill is to be taken to-morrow as well.


I am sorry. I ought to have said that that Bill, which stood as the first Order today, had it not been interfered with, will be taken to-morrow. There are one or two Orders on the Paper, but the two principal ones have been removed until Thursday. Therefore there will be very little which will stand in its way and the Economy Bill will come on almost immediately after we have dealt with the Regulations under the Emergency Powers Act.

House adjourned at ten minutes before seven o'clock.