HL Deb 31 October 1934 vol 94 cc63-4

My Lords, it may be for the convenience of your Lordships, even of those who are not present at this moment, if the Leader of the House would be good enough to give us some idea of the work that will have to be got through before the end of the Session and the dates of the Prorogation and the commencement of the new Session.


My Lords, I am much obliged to the noble Lord. The most substantial business, I think, in the remainder of the Session is the Incitement to Disaffection Bill which, I understand, is expected from another place on Friday of this week. There will also be the Expiring Laws (Continuance) Bill, and there will be any Amendment which may come from another place to the Betting and Lotteries Bill or any other Bill which has gone down from this House. I can only give a provisional answer to the other question, but we hope to arrange that the Prorogation shall take place on November 16 and that the new Session shall commence on the following Tuesday, November 20. It may perhaps be convenient if I were to say that in view of the short time available I propose that there shall be a pro forma sitting on Friday merely to give a First Reading to the Incitement to Disaffection Bill so that we may have it printed. I had thought of asking the House to take the Second Reading on Monday and Tuesday next week, but from such inquiries as I have made I understand one day ought to be sufficient for the debate, thus avoiding the necessity of a Monday sitting. I think we had better commence the Committee Stage on Thursday, otherwise we may be running ourselves into a rather tight place. If we can get through the Order Paper in one day good and well; if not we shall have to sit on Monday, November 12. Otherwise we need not sit again until the Report Stage on the 13th, with the Third Reading on the 14th. The Expiring Laws (Continuance) Bill we shall put through all its stages in a very short time, as I understand there is nothing of a very contentious nature likely to arise.

House adjourned at seven minutes past six o'clock.