§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (VISCOUNT HAILSHAM)
My Lords, it will be convenient to state the business for next week, because I am afraid there is a rather formidable programme to be got through. On Monday next we are asking your Lordships to take the Electricity (Supply) Bill in Committee; to consider the Commons Amendments to the Arbitration Bill and to the Supply of Water in Bulk (No. 2) Bill; to take the Third Reading of the Mines (Working Facilities) Bill; and the Committee stage of the Firearms Act (1920) Amendment Bill. On Tuesday, the South Downs Preservation Bill, which is a Private Bill, is down for Second Reading, and I think that comes first. After that will come the adjourned debate on the Bill which we have been discussing this afternoon. Then there will be the Second Reading of the Protection of 827 Animals Bill and the Committee stage of the Illegal Trawling (Scotland) Bill, neither of which is expected to take any time.
On Wednesday there are two Motions standing in the names of Lord Olivier and my noble friend Lord Mottistone; and there is the Second Reading of the Law Reform Bill, standing in the name of the noble and learned Viscount on the Woolsack. I understand that a very important emergency Bill dealing with 828 the threat of drought in this country is likely to reach us on Monday night, and in that event, as it is a matter of very great urgency, I am proposing to ask your Lordships to take the Second Reading on Wednesday next, May 2. On Thursday there is the Committee stage of the Petroleum (Production) Bill and, if time permits, the Committee stage of the Tithes Bill.
§ House adjourned at eight o'clock.