HL Deb 27 March 1934 vol 91 cc467-8

My Lords, as to-morrow is to be more or less a formal sitting, it might perhaps be for the convenience of your Lordships if I were to ask the noble and learned Viscount the Leader of the House if he would be good enough to tell us something with regard to business when we resume. There are Orders down on the Paper for Wednesday, April 11, but so far there is nothing down for Thursday, April 12. I would like to ask the noble and learned Viscount if he could tell us on what day the Second Reading will be taken of the Bill which was read a first time to-day on behalf of the noble Marquess, Lord Londonderry—a Bill with regard to lotteries. Perhaps he cannot give us a definite date, but, as there is is good deal of public interest in this Bill, I think it would be useful if we could know more or less when the Bill will be taken.


My Lords, I am very glad to have the opportunity of giving such information as is in my power. We are coming back on April 11, when there are two or three Motions which are on the Order Paper. So far as I know there will be no addition to them on that day. On April 12 we are proposing to take the Second Reading of the Electricity (Supply) Bill. On the following Tuesday, April 17, we are proposing to take the Tithe Bill, which has been read a first time this evening. On April 18, there is a Bill in the name of my noble friend Lord Munster for dealing with metalliferous mines. With regard to the Betting and Lotteries Bill, I cannot give a definite date because it is in the hands of my noble friend Lord Londonderry, who, unfortunately, is prevented from being here this afternoon. I rather hope it will be arranged for April 24, but it certainly will not be taken, I think I can safely say, before that date. As regards to-morrow, I understand that owing to the arrangements in another place it will not be possible to have the Royal Commission until a quarter to six o'clock. In those circumstances I suggest that we should meet at the usual time—I do not think the business will occupy us more than a very few minutes—and then have an adjournment during pleasure and meet at a quarter to six to take the Royal Assent. We shall afterwards adjourn until Wednesday, April 11.