§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (VISCOUNT HAILSHAM)
My Lords, I beg to move, in accordance with the Notice on the Paper, that Standing Order No. XXXIX be suspended for this day's sitting in order to enable the Import Duties Bill to be passed through all its stages to-day. Your Lordships appreciate that if the Bill be passed it is proposed that the duties shall come into force to-morrow, and therefore it is essential that the Bill should receive the Royal Assent to-night. Perhaps it may be convenient if I say that I fear there is a strong probability at least that it will not be possible to finish the discussion before the usual dinner hour. Should that prove to be the case I propose to ask your Lordships to adjourn at about a quarter to eight until, say, nine o'clock, and to conclude the debate later this evening when your Lordships come back after dinner. I hope that that will be for the convenience of the House and that your Lordships will be able to make that arrangement, as it really is a matter of urgency and importance that a conclusion should be reached to-day on the discussion of this Bill. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That Standing Order No. XXXIX be suspended for this day's sitting.—(Viscount Hailsham.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to, and ordered accordingly.