HL Deb 19 December 1929 vol 75 cc1615-6

My Lords, I understand the labours of your Lordships so far as these sittings are concerned are very nearly ended. Perhaps the noble and learned Lord the Leader of the House will tell us what arrangement he proposes for to-morrow?


My Lords, I am much obliged to the noble Marquess for asking me the question. Assuming, as I do assume, that the Second Reading of the Unemployment Insurance Bill and the Third Reading of the Mental Treatment Bill are got to-night, I propose that we should meet to-morrow at twelve o'clock. Then we shall have to suspend Standing Orders—which is the usual thing to do—in connection with the Consolidated Fund Bill, and I think it would be convenient to your Lordships, and I understand also to the House of Commons, to have the Royal Commission at 12.30. That will enable your Lordships to get away early to recuperate after your labours. I am told that we shall also have to deal with some small Amendments from the Commons, the consideration of which will be practically formal.


My Lords, I need not say that I quite fall in with this arrangement, but there is one point as to which I shall be very much obliged if the noble and learned Lord can enlighten me. I confess that I am not sufficiently conversant with the customs of your Lordships' House to be quite sure if we can send in Amendments during the Recess. I understand that His Majesty's Government proposes to take the Unemployment Insurance (No. 2) Bill in Committee on the first day on which we meet again. I have no complaint of that, but there may be Amendments to be put down, and perhaps the noble and learned Lord will tell me if any noble Lord who wishes can send in his Amendments during the Recess, so that they may be duly circulated?


I have made inquiries on that point, and I understand that there are no difficulties. It can be done in the ordinary way through the ordinary office.

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