§ LORD SHEPHERD
My Lords, last Thursday the noble Earl, Lord St. Aldwyn, the Opposition Chief Whip, made representations in regard to to-day's business. It was put to me that it might be for the convenience of the House to rise at about 8 o'clock. I undertook to have discussions with the noble Earl, and, as the matter was left on Thursday night, we agreed to wait to see how things progressed. Since then the situation has changed somewhat, in that some more substantial Amendments have been placed on the Order Paper. I hope to have further words with the Opposition Chief Whip to see whether we can make statement later as to what hour we should go this evening. But the House will wish to know that in any case dinners will be available to-night in the Dining Room.