§ 4.36 p.m.
§ Lord Hesketh
My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to make a Statement about the business for Monday. It is intended that the House should meet at eleven o'clock. After Starred Questions, we will proceed to the Second Reading and remaining stages of the Finance Bill, the Consolidated Fund (No.3) Bill, and the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill. It is anticipated that proceedings on these three Bills will be formal though your Lordships will be aware that the Second Reading of the Finance Bill does provide, if noble Lords so wish, an opportunity for debate.
Thereafter, and assuming that the following Bills are received from another place, we shall proceed to take all stages of the Army Bill and the Friendly Societies Bill. Parliament will then be prorogued. It is at this time hard to say at exactly what time, but at present I believe it will be at some point in the early to mid-afternoon.
Finally, I anticipate that many of your Lordships will have detailed questions as to the domestic arrangements in your Lordships' House during the Dissolution of Parliament. Rather than attempt to spell these out from the Dispatch Box, I can tell your Lordships that a printed notice will be sent out from the House tomorrow, setting out what facilities will be available to your Lordships before Parliament meets again. Your Lordships should therefore be able to peruse that paper and make your arrangements at leisure over the forthcoming weekend.