HL Deb 07 December 1939 vol 115 c163

My Lords, I beg to ask the noble Earl, the Leader of the House, if he can make any statement in regard to the business of the House.


My Lords, I am much obliged to the noble Lord for giving me the opportunity of making a statement. The House will meet on Tuesday next, when, in addition to the business already on the paper, we shall take the Committee stage of the India and Burma (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, and shall expect to receive from another place the Expiring Laws Continuance and Postponement of Enactments (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bills, which it is hoped to pass into law before the House rises for the Christmas Recess. On Wednesday, in addition to the business already on the Paper, we shall take the Second Readings of the two Bills received from the Commons the previous evening. I hope to make arrangements to have the Bills circulated to your Lordships so that you will have time to consider them. On Thursday we shall complete proceedings on the three Bills before the House and take Lord Leverhulme's Motion on the Central Register. There will probably be a Government statement that day on the general situation, after which there will be a Royal Commission and the House will rise for the Christmas Recess. The House will meet at 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The precise time of meeting on Thursday has not yet been definitely arranged, but I think it may be 2 p.m. The House will reassemble, unless recalled specially, on January 16.

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