§ THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY
My Lords, before we adjourn I would ask leave to make a correction in the announcement of business which I made last night. I said last night that, with your Lordships' consent, the Third Reading of the Local Government (Scotland) Bill would be put down for next Thursday. Owing to difficulties which have arisen in another place, and, I need not conceal from your Lordships, the near approach of the Prorogation, which is an important Prorogation, it will be necessary to get the Bill back to the House of Commons, if your Lordships will consent, on Wednesday instead of on Thursday. I therefore propose to give notice of Motion to be moved on Tuesday, to advance the Third Reading from Thursday, for which day it now stands, to Wednesday. The effect of that Motion would, of course, be to displace from their position the Motions which stand in the names of other noble Lords, 106 and in respect of the Motion in the name of my noble friend Lord Cecil of Chelwood, having reference to the Optional Clause, I have been asked to state that that will be postponed until the Wednesday following, May 1. I hope I shall obtain the consent of the House to that change.
§ LORD PARMOOR
I can tell the noble Marquess that he will have no opposition from us to his proposal. I do not know what the noble Viscount has to say.
§ VISCOUNT CECIL OF CHELWOOD
Of course I should not dream of standing in the way of the business of this House, and on the understanding that my Motion will come on on May 1, I shall be very glad that it should be postponed until that day. I am much obliged to my noble friend for the way in which he has made the announcement.
§ House adjourned at twenty minutes before seven o'clock.