§ EARL BEAUCHAMP
My Lords, may I ask the noble and learned Lord the Leader of the House whether he can say anything for our guidance with regard to the proceedings in the course of this week?
§ THE LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (LORD PARMOOR)
My Lords, I think I can answer at any rate for to-morrow. We hope to finish the Committee stage of the Mental Treatment Bill and, if necessary, for that purpose to sit after dinner—to adjourn, say, from 8 until 9 o'clock. But I am told that the Bill is likely to be finished before eight o'clock. I think the next day will be taken up with a discussion about Egypt which the noble Marquess opposite will initiate and the rest of the week, I think, will proceed in accordance with the Notices on the Paper.
§ THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY
Does the noble and learned Lord anticipate that the discussion in Committee tomorrow on the Mental Treatment Bill will extend beyond dinner time?
§ LORD PARMOOR
I cannot answer that definitely. From inquiries I have made the expectation appears to be that the discussions will not extend beyond eight o'clock, but, of course, it is impossible to say anything certain about them on an important Bill of that kind.