§ LORD PONSONBY OF SHULBREDE
My Lords, I think it will be convenient to your Lordships if the noble Marquess the Leader of the House can tell us what the course of business next week will be and whether he expects the House to sit on Tuesday.
§ EARL PEEL
My Lords, may I just supplement that question and ask the noble Marquess if he will be good enough to make a statement, about the later stages of the Government of India Bill?
§ THE LORD PRIVY SEAL (THE MARQUESS OF LONDONDERRY)
My Lords, I am much obliged to my two noble friends for giving me the opportunity of making a statement on the business which it is proposed to take next week. The Report stage of the Government of India Bill will be commenced on Thursday next, July 18, and should be continued if the coarse of the debate makes this necessary on the following Monday, July 22. It may possibly be necessary to ask your Lordships to sit after dinner on both those days, but I think we can wait until the day when we shall be able to make some arrangements. The date that I have in mind for the Third Reading is Wednesday, July 24.
As the noble Lord has asked for the programme for next week, I think it would be convenient if I gave the course of business which it is proposed to take on each day. It will be necessary for your Lordships to sit on Monday, when it is proposed to take the Report stages of the Housing Bill and the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Bill and the Committee stage of the Money Payments (Justices Procedure) Bill. In addition there are Questions down in the names of Lord Lamington and Lord Strickland. I am not proposing that the House should meet on Tuesday, July 16, as I 278 know that many of your Lordships will desire to be present at the Naval Review. On Wednesday, July 17, we shall take the Third Readings of the Housing Bill, the Money Payments (Justices Procedure) Bill and the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Bill, the Report stage of the 'Weights and Measures Bill and the Committee stage of the Housing (Scotland) Bill. In addition, on that day, there are Questions down in the names of Lord Noel Buxton and Lord Mansfield. On Thursday, July 18, as I have already informed your Lordships, we shall commence the Report stage of the Government of India Bill and the House will meet on that day at three o'clock. It may also, as I have said, be necessary to ask your Lordships to sit after dinner.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (VISCOUNT HAILSHAM)
My Lords, arising out of that statement of my noble friend, I wish to ask your Lordships' permission to be absent on Wednesday next as I hope to have the privilege, with some other members of the Government, of attending the exercises of the Fleet on that afternoon. Therefore, I hope you will forgive me if I find substitute to take my place on the Woolsack that day.
§ METROPOLITAN COMMON SCHEME
§ Read 3a (according to Order), and passed.