HL Deb 22 March 1934 vol 91 cc420-2

My Lords, before the House adjourns, perhaps the Leader of the House may have something to say about business next week, in view of the fact that we have thought it right to put down Amendments to the Mining Industry (Welfare Fund) Bill and also to the North Atlantic Shipping Bill, not without hopes that perhaps one of them may be accepted, in which case perhaps that may make a little alteration in the business arrangements?


My Lords, I am obliged to my noble friend for having put this question. What we are proposing is to suspend Standing Orders on Tuesday next so as to enable us to get the remaining stages of such Bills as have to become law before the House adjourns. Your Lordships will appreciate that if there were to be an Amendment—and I have no knowledge as to whether the noble Lord's enthusiasm for either of his two Amendments is well founded—obviously we should have to get the remaining stages the same day in order to get the Amendment considered in another place and the Royal Assent given on Wednesday. Accordingly I am proposing that on Tuesday we shall take the remaining stages of the Bills which we have been discussing to-day, and that we shall also take the remaining stages, that is to say Report and Third Reading, of the Shops Bill and of the Indian Pay (Temporary Abatements) Bill with which we dealt earlier in the week. I understand that my noble friend Lord Eltisley has a small Bill about extending the hours in which it is legal to get married, for which he asks a Second Reading on Tuesday next. Then, if that programme is agreeable to your Lordships, on Wednesday we will take all stages of the Consolidated Fund (No. 1) Bill, which in this House is mainly a formality; and I think my noble friend Lord Rankeillour (who unfortunately had not appreciated that we were meeting earlier this afternoon and so was not able to move the Report stage of the Judiciary (Safeguarding) Bill) is proposing to take the Report stage of that Bill on Wednesday. There will be a Royal Commission some time later in the afternoon in order to give the Royal Assent to such measures as have passed both Houses; and I am proposing then to move, as I indicated on Thursday last, that the House do adjourn for a fortnight.


I am much obliged to the noble Viscount. Did I understand him to mean that on Wednesday we should meet at the usual time?


Yes, my Lords, I think so, because in another place they are not adjourning until Thursday of next week and therefore they will be meeting at the usual time on Wednesday, so that there would be no useful purpose served by your Lordships meeting earlier; we should have to wait until they were ready.

House adjourned at five minutes before six o'clock.