HL Deb 24 January 1940 vol 115 cc441-2

4.8 p.m.


My Lords, I suggest that the House should now adjourn during pleasure because we are anxious to take the First Reading of the Czecho-Slovakia (Financial Claims and Refugees) Bill so that it may be read a second time on Tuesday next. That will enable us to dispense with a sitting tomorrow. Therefore, if your Lordships agree, I suggest that we should now melt away and wait until the Bill is brought up for First Reading later this afternoon.

Perhaps I might take this opportunity to tell your Lordships what the proposals are for business next week. On Tuesday, as I have said, there will be the Second Reading of this Czecho-Slovakia Bill which we shall read for the first time today. On Wednesday the remaining stages of that Bill will be taken, and there will be a Royal Commission to give it the Royal Assent. On the same day there will be the introduction of the right reverend Prelate the new Lord Bishop of Durham. I am not sure whether there will be a statement to be made by the Government next week, in the usual form, on the war situation, but perhaps I may be able to tell your Lordships more about it at the beginning of next week. So far as I know at present, there is no business either for to-morrow or Thursday of next week. Therefore I suggest that we should meet on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week at half-past three o'clock each day.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.