HL Deb 21 September 1939 vol 114 c1120

4.8 p.m.


My Lords, I understand that another place will not be ready for the Royal Commission until nearly five o'clock. Therefore perhaps it might be convenient for your Lordships if I stated what I propose in regard to our work next week. I propose that this House should meet on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week; that on Tuesday we should meet at four o'clock and receive the usual weekly statement; that on Wednesday we should meet at a quarter to four, first for the introduction of my noble and learned friend Lord Maugham as a Viscount, then at four o'clock for any other business on the Paper, and perhaps for a further debate such as we have had to-day. It might interest your Lordships to know that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will open his War Budget to the House of Commons on Wednesday next. On the following day there will be a general debate, and the Report stage of the Budget Resolutions will be taken on Friday, with the First Reading of the Finance (No. 2) Bill. It may be, therefore, that your Lordships may desire to sit in this House on Thursday and Friday; but as at present advised I know of no business for those days. All I suggest at the moment is that we should be prepared to meet on Tuesday at four o'clock, and on Wednesday at a quarter to four, and then we shall see what further business may be before us for the rest of the week.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.