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Whitsuntide Recess (Adjournment)

Volume 154: debated on Wednesday 31 May 1922

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

"That this House, at its rising tins day, do adjourn until Monday, 12th June."—[Mr. Chamberlain.]

As I said on the occasion of the previous Motion, Members of this House consider that the time has arrived when some protest should be made against the practice of putting down a Motion in this form, which has the effect of depriving private Members, unless they belong to a party which has a quorum, or which can induce enough Members to form a quorum, of one of the few opportunities which remain to private Members of bringing their grievances to the attention of Members of the Government. This Motion, which has been put on the Paper from year to year, is a very shrewd device, because it is framed in such a way as to narrow very much the range of Debate. It is impossible on a Motion of this kind to discuss general topics with the same freedom as we could on the general Motion that the House do now adjourn. As I understand it, the limits set are somewhat as follows: first of all there is the effect which a Motion of this kind has upon the rights and privileges and opportunities of private Members, and then there is the question of the day selected in the Motion for the re-assembling of the House. It is quite clear that the day on which we decide to re-assemble, or, rather, the length of the holiday which we prescribe for ourselves, is a determining factor in regard to our power to complete or not to complete the legislative programme of the Session.

We have to ask ourselves upon this Motion, first, what available time is there before the Prorogation or the Dissolution of this Parliament; and, secondly, what is the business to which the Government is pledged either in the introduction and the initial stages of Measures, or by promises given to Members of this House, or to their supporters in the country? I take it that on a Motion of this kind we are entitled to ask whether there are not some matters of such extreme urgency that it is unwise for the House to separate for so long a period before they have been fully dealt with. These are the some what strait limits set in the discussion which I am initiating. On the last point, I shall have something to say at the end of the few remarks I intend to make. I apologise for detaining the House. (Hon. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear!") Hon. Members must realise that we are not responsible for putting this Motion on the Paper. We are called upon to discuss the Motions when they are put down by the Leader of the House, and any inconvenience which I regret hon. Members have to suffer is not our fault. On the question of the form of the Motion and of the effect which it has on the rights of private Members to raise individual grievances and difficulties, I may say that I have been a Member of this House 15 or 16 years, and it requires an industrious Member to find out what vestiges of privilege are left to private Members. The Adjournment Motion is one of the very few opportunities on which the private Member is able to bring forward these matters without the fear that he may be out of order and without the fear that the process of the count may cut out his speech. So far from its being a cause of legitimate grievance, as the Leader of the House seems to think, or a discredit to the reputation of the House, that private Members should exercise their privileges, it is one of the most important and valuable features of Parliamentary government.

That question does not snow arise. The only question which can arise is whether the House should adjourn for some shorter period, or some longer period.

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On that point of Order. This matter was raised on the 12th April of this year, and the discussion which took place was in regard to the effect which a Motion of this kind would have upon the opportunities given to private Members to debate questions in this House. I am going to show that the form of the Motion in effect gags the private Members of this House because of the count which will follow if this Motion is passed whenever the Government or the Members of the House think it advisable to count. In that Debate the hon. Member for East Edinburgh (Mr. Hogge) traversed the ground I am touching upon. The Leader of the House dealt with it very fully, and the only point of Order put to you, Mr. Speaker, was put by the Noble Lord the Member for Hitchin (Lord R. Cecil) as to whether a general discussion could take place, and on that you ruled that it could not take place. I submit that the remarks which I am about to make will, as I proceed, appear to be in order.

I will take care to refrain from any general discussion on the rights of private Members, and will simply point out that this Motion, if passed, will deprive Members of many opportunities of Debate which otherwise they would have. We shall pass this Motion, I assume. Then, when a certain number of questions have been asked and replies made by the Government, there will appear a most remarkable spontaneity in the House, by which the desire of the Government to terminate the Debate will coincide with the desire of hon. Members to fulfil other engagements. It would be improper for me to say more that that, but if we have the spectacle of Members who were apparently interested in the Debate suddenly leaving the Chamber, and even peacefully picketting at the doors to prevent hon. Members returning, when some hon. Members desire to do so, also in a most spontaneous manner—

I was very careful to say that all these matters would be entirely spontaneous. I do not suggest that any pressure of any kind will be put on them. I am merely describing a scene which is all too familiar to private Members of this House who belong to a small minority and endeavour to bring forward subjects in which their constituents are interested. The Government reply is that they cannot keep 100 Members in the House in order to apply the old-fashioned weapon of the Closure. Why cannot they keep 100 Members? The Government have 491 supporters at the present moment, and they say that they cannot maintain a 25 per cent. attendance and must needs adopt this means, which involves a further invasion of the rights of private Members, and this is only in addition to many invasions, as the Standing Orders will show. I think that the date specified in this Motion should be altered from the 12th of June to the 7th. This will give us an additional week for the purpose of discussing the business which has to be disposed of.

Leaving out of account the programme which the Leader of the House has outlined for the first week after we return from the Whitsuntide holiday, I calculate that we have two weeks in June, four weeks in July and two weeks in August, if the House adjourn on 12th August. That is 36 Parliamentary days. We have in that time to dispose of the Finance Bill, and the Irish Free State Bill. Then there are ten or twelve days for Supply, an Irish Indemnity Bill, the Electricity (Supply) Bill, the National Health Insurance Bill, the Law of Property Bill, the Consolidated Fund Bill and the Teachers' Superannuation Bill. If properly debated, these Bills will require at least 36 Parliamentary days, which will absorb all the time left to us by the Government if this Motion be carried. But, in addition, the Government have promised other Bills. A promise was made by the Home Secretary that a Bill dealing with Workmen's Compensation will be passed, following a Report by a Committee over which an hon. Member of this House presided. There are also an Allotments Bill and a Milk Bill and a large number of small Measures which, being anxious to economise time, I will not mention. There is also a large number of small Orders on the Paper which have to be disposed of, and which should receive full, free and unfettered debate in this House.

If we pass this Motion we shall find at the end of the Session the Leader of the House coming down and explaining: "I am very sorry, but we must take 10 Orders to-night, and suppress all those safeguards which the House, by great labour over a series of centuries, has built up for the control of public expenditure. We must pass the Finance Bill through all its stages to-day and take the consecutive stages of our Money Resolution." That happened the other night. There is the question of time. Hon. Members want to go—[HON. MEMBERS: "We do!"]—and nobody will be able to deny that there is no time. All the Bills must be passed. Therefore, we shall be faced with accepting, after some feeble and ineffective, because illogical, protest, some time table or some guillotine arrangement which will reduce this House to a condition of contemptibility as to which the Leader of the House himself has uttered many vigorous and, as I think now, convincing protests.

The time to protest against guillotine Resolutions and time tables is now. If we say that we will not adjourn until the 12th, but will adjourn for a week, then we shall be in a position to see that the Debates on these important matters are carried out with the dignity due to this. House, and also find time to discuss many of the subjects as to which the Leader of the House has given the most definite pledges that there shall be debate. I have spoken of Bills of the first importance which form part of the programme of the Government as it is to-day, but there are many other subjects which will come up from day to day and will demand instant attention. For instance, when the Hague Conference begins there is no provision for discussing its result. Is that a desirable thing? Suppose hon. Members wish to raise a Motion for Adjournment, there is no provision for that in the time table. A Scottish Member who is present has had a definite pledge that time will be found to discuss the embargo on Canadian cattle. I do not speak for all the Members of my party, but I happen to agree cordially with the hon. Member.

Every time we ask for this discussion we are told, "Yes, you shall have a discussion, but you can see for yourself that we have not got enough time to complete the programme which is before us.' If this pledge is to be redeemed and time is to be found for a discussion, as it should be, for reasons of great urgency with regard to feeling in the Dominions and otherwise, then I appeal confidently to the hon. Member and other Members to support me in the demand that this holiday should be curtailed to allow such discussion. I am well aware that the merits of any of these Bills cannot be discussed on this Motion, but the time that will be consumed in discussing them is precisely the point involved. I ask the Leader of the House what about constitutional reform? If we adjourn until the 12th June, will he still be able to give a full opportunity for a discussion on this matter?

Division No. 130.]

AYES.

[12.15 P.m.

Adair, Rear-Admiral Thomas B. S.Gould, James C.Palmer, Brigadier-General G. L.
Adkins, Sir William Ryland DentGreen, Joseph F. (Leicester, W.)Parker, James
Amery, Leopold C. M. S.Gregory, HolmanParry, Lieut.-Colonel Thomas Henry
Archer-Shee, Lieut.-Colonel MartinGuest, Capt. Rt. Hon. Frederick E.Pearce, Sir William
Armstrong, Henry BruceGuinness, Lieut.-Col. Hon. W. E.Percy, Lord Eustace (Hastings)
Astbury, Lieut.-Com. Frederick W.Gwynne, Rupert S.Philipps, Gen. sir I. (Southampton)
Atkey, A. R.Hallwood, AugustinePhilipps, Sir Owen C. (Chester, City)
Bagley, Captain E. AshtonHall, Rr-Adml Sir W. (Liv'p'l, W. D'by)Pinkham, Lieut.-Colonel Charles
Baird, Sir John LawrenceHannon, Patrick Joseph HenryPollock, Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Murray
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. StanleyHarmsworth, C. B. (Bedford, Luton)Polson, Sir Thomas A.
Balfour, George (Hampstead)Harris, Sir Henry PercyPratt, John William
Banner, Sir John S. Harmood-Haslam, LewisRaeburn, Sir William H.
Barlow, Sir MontagueHenderson, Lt.-Col. V. L. (Tradeston)Rees, Sir J. D. (Nottingham, East)
Barnes, Rt. Hon. G. (Glas., Gorbals)Hilder, Lieut.-Colonel FrankRoberts, Samuel (Hereford, Hereford)
Barnston, Major HarryHoare, Lieut.-Colonel sir S. J. G.Rose, Frank H.
Barrand, A. R.Holbrook, Sir Arthur RichardRoyds, Lieut.-Colonel Edmund
Bartley-Denniss, Sir Edmund RobertHope, Lt.-Col. Sir J. A. (Midlothian)Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Beauchamp, Sir EdwardHopkins, John W. W.Sanders, Colonel Sir Robert Arthur
Bellairs, Commander Carlyon WHopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley)Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave D.
Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake)Horne, Sir R. S. (Glasgow, Hillhead)Scott, A. M. (Glasgow, Bridgeton)
Bennett, Sir Thomas JewellHunter, General Sir A. (Lancaster)Scott, Sir Leslie (Liverp'l, Exchange)
Betterton, Henry B.Hurd, Percy A.Seely, Major-General Rt. Hon. John
Bigland, AlfredIrving, DanSharman-Crawford, Robert G.
Blades, Sir George RowlandJackson, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. F. S.Shaw, Hon. Alex. (Kilmarnock)
Boscawen, Rt. Hon. Sir A. Griffith-James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. CuthbertShaw, William T. (Forfar)
Bowyer, Captain G. W. E.Jellett, William MorganShortt, Rt. Hon. E. (N'castle-on-T.)
Bridgeman, Rt. Hon. William CliveJesson, C.Simm, M. T.
Brittain, Sir HarryJodrell, Neville PaulSmith, Sir Allan M. (Croydon, South)
Buchanan, Lieut.-Colonel A. L. H.Jones, Sir Evan (Pembroke)Sprot, Colonel Sir Alexander
Buckley, Lieut.-Colonel A.Joynson-Hicks, Sir WilliamStanley, Major Hon. G. (Preston)
Burdon, Colonel RowlandKellaway, Rt. Hon Fredk. GeorgeStephenson, Lieut.-Colonel H. K.
Butcher, Sir John GeorgeKelley, Major Fred (Rotherham)Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
Cairns, JohnKennedy, ThomasSugden, W. H.
Campion, Lieut.-Colonel W. R.King, Captain Henry DouglasSurtees, Brigadier-General H. C.
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Evelyn (Birm., Aston)Kinloch-Cooke, Sir ClementSutherland, Sir William
Chamberlain, Rt. Hn. J. A. (Birm., W.)Lane-Fox, G. R.Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Chamberlain, N. (Birm., Ladywood)Law, Rt. Hon. A. B. (Glasgow, C.)Thomson, Sir W. Mitchell- (Maryhill)
Cheyne, Sir William WatsonLewis, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Univ., Wales)Townley, Maximilian G.
Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston S.Lewis, T. A. (Glam., Pontypridd)Townshend, Sir Charles Vere Ferrers
Clough, Sir RobertLindsay, William ArthurTryon, Major George Clement
Cobb, Sir CyrilLloyd, George ButlerWallace, J.
Cohen, Major J. BrunelLloyd-Greame, Sir P.Ward-Jackson, Major C. L.
Colvin, Brig.-General Richard BealeLocker-Lampson, Com. O. (H'tingd'n)Ward, William Dudley (Southampton)
Cope, Major WilliamLorden, John WilliamWaring, Major Walter
Courthope, Lieut.-Col. George L.Loseby, Captain C. E.Watson, Captain John Bertrand
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir HenryMacdonald, Rt. Hon. John MurrayWeston, Colonel John Wakefield
Curzon, Captain ViscountMackinder, Sir H. J. (Camlachie)Wheler, Col. Granville C. H.
Davidson, J. C. C. (Hemel Hempstead)Macnamara, Rt. Hon. Dr. T. J.Williams, C. (Tavistock)
Davies, A. (Lancaster, Clitheroe)Macpherson, Rt. Hon. James I.Williams, Lt.-Col. Sir R. (Banbury)
Dean, Commander P. T.Mallaby-Deeley, HarryWills, Lt.-Col. Sir Gilbert Alan H.
Edge, Captain Sir WilliamMalone, Major P. B. (Tottenham, S.)Wilson, Col. M. J. (Richmond)
Edwards, Hugh (Glam., Neath)Marriott, John Arthur RansomeWindsor, Viscount
Elliott, Lt.-Col. Sir G. (Islington, W.)Mason, RobertWinterton, Earl
Erskine, James Malcolm MonteithMildmay, Colonel Rt. Hon. F. B.Wise, Frederick
Eyres-Monsell, Com. Bolton M.Mitchell, Sir William LaneWolmer, Viscount
Falcon, Captain MichaelMond, Rt. Hon. Sir Alfred MoritzWood, Hon. Edward F. L. (Ripon)
Falle, Major Sir Bertram GodfrayMoore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C.Wood, Sir H. K. (Woolwich, West)
Fell, Sir ArthurMorden, Col. W. GrantWood, Sir J. (Stalybrldge & Hyde)
Fisher, Rt. Hon. Herbert A. L.Moreing, Captain Algernon H.Wood, Major Sir S. Hill-(High Peak)
FitzRoy, Captain Hon. Edward A.Morris, RichardWoods, Sir Robert
Flannery, Sir James FortescueMunro, Rt. Hon. RobertWoolcock, William James U.
Forestier-Walker, L.Murray, C. D. (Edinburgh)Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L.
Fremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E.Neal, ArthurYate, Colonel Sir Charles Edward
Gardiner, JamesNewman, Colonel J. R. P. (Finchley)Young, E. H. (Norwich)
Gardner, ErnestNewson, Sir Percy WilsonYoung, Sir Frederick W. (Swindon)
Gee, Captain RobertNicholson, Brig.-Gen. J. (Westminster)Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Gibbs, Colonel George AbrahamNicholson, Reginald (Doncaster)Younger, Sir George
Gilbert, James DanielNicholson, William G. (Petersfield)
Gilmour, Lieut.-Colonel Sir JohnNorton-Griffiths, Lieut.-Col. Sir JohnTELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Glyn, Major RalphOman, Sir Charles William C.Colonel Leslie Wilson and Mr.
McCurdy.

rose in his place, and claimed to move, "That the Question be now put."

Question put, "That the Question be now put."

The House divided: Ayes, 207; Noes, 39.

NOES.

Adamson, Rt. Hon. WilliamHayward, EvanO'Connor, Thomas P.
Banbury, Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick GJohn, William (Rhondda, West)Rattan, Peter Wilson
Benn, Captain Wedgwood (Leith)Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly)Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)
Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish-Kenworthy, Lieut.-Commander J. M.Royce, William Stapleton
Bramsdon, Sir ThomasLambert, Rt. Hon. GeorgeShort, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord R. (Hitchin)Lowther, Major C. (Cumberland, N.)Walsh, Stephen (Lancaster, Ince)
Collins, Sir Godfrey (Greenock)Maclean, Rt. Hn. Sir D. (Midlothian)Wedgwood, Colonel Josiah C.
Davies, David (Montgomery)Malone, C. L. (Leyton, E.)White, Charles F. (Derby, Western)
Foot, IsaacMills, John EdmundWignall, James
Foxcroft, Captain Charles TalbotMosley, OswaldWintringham, Margaret
Galbraith, SamuelMurray, Hon, A. C. (Aberdeen)Wood, Major M. M. (Aberdeen, C.)
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool)Murray, Dr. D. (Inverness & Ross)
Halls, WalterMyers, ThomasTELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Hayday, ArthurNaylor, Thomas EllisMr. Hogge and Mr. G. Thorne.

Question put accordingly.

Division No. 131.]

AYES.

[12.20 p.m.

Adair, Rear-Admiral Thomas B. S.France, Gerald AshburnerMalone, Major P. B. (Tottenham, S.)
Adkins, Sir William Ryland DentFremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E.Marriott, John Arthur Ransome
Amery, Leopold C. M. S.Galbraith, SamuelMason, Robert
Archer-Shee, Lieut-Colonel MartinGardiner, JamesMildmay, Colonel Rt. Hon. F. B.
Armstrong, Henry BruceGardner, ErnestMitchell, Sir William Lane
Ashley, Colonel Wilfrid W.Gee, Captain RobertMond, Rt. Hon. Sir Alfred Moritz
Astbury, Lieut.-Com. Frederick W.Gibbs, Colonel George AbrahamMoore-Brabazon, Lieut.-Col. J. T. C.
Atkey, A. R.Gilbert, James DanielMorden, Col. W. Grant
Bagley, Captain E. AshtonGilmour, Lieut.-Colonel Sir JohnMoreing, Captain Algernon H.
Baird, Sir John LawrenceGlyn, Major RalphMorris, Richard
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. StanleyGould, James C.Munro, Rt. Hon. Robert
Balfour, George (Hampstead)Green, Joseph F. (Leicester, W.)Neal, Arthur
Banner, Sir John S. Harmood-Gregory, HolmanNewman, Colonel J. R. P. (Finchley)
Barlow, Sir MontagueGuest, Capt. Rt. Hon. Frederick E.Newson, Sir Percy Wilson
Barnes, Rt. Hon. G. (Glas., Gorbals)Guinness, Lieut.-Col. Hon. W. E.Nicholson, Brig.-Gen. J. (Westminster)
Barnston, Major HarryHallwood, AugustineNicholson, Reginald (Doncaster)
Barrand, A. R.Hall, Rr-Adml Sir W. (Liv'p'l, W. D'by)Nicholson, William G. (Petersfield)
Bartley-Denniss, Sir Edmund RobertHannon, Patrick Joseph HenryNorton-Griffiths, Lieut.-Col. Sir John
Beauchamp, Sir EdwardHarmsworth, C. B. (Bedford, Luton)Ormsby-Gore, Hon. William
Bellairs, Commander Carlyon W.Harris, Sir Henry PercyPalmer, Brigadier-General G. L.
Bonn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake)Haslam, LewisParker, James
Bennett, Sir Thomas JewellHenderson, Lt.-Col. V. L. (Tradeston)Pearce, Sir William
Betterton, Henry B.Herbert Dennis (Hertford, Watford)Pennefather, De Fonblanque
Bigland, AlfredHilder, Lieut.-Colonel FrankPercy, Lord Eustace (Hastings)
Blades, Sir George RowlandHoare, Lieut.-Colonel Sir S. J. G.Philipps, Gen. Sir I. (Southampton)
Boscawen, Rt. Hon. Sir A. Griffith-Holbrook, Sir Arthur RichardPinkham, Lieut.-Colonel Charles
Bowyer, Captain G. W. E.Hope, Lt.-Col. Sir J. A. (Midlothian)Pollock, Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Murray
Boyd-Carpenter, Major A.Hopkins, John W. W.Poison, Sir Thomas A.
Bridgeman, Rt. Hon. William CliveHopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley)Pratt, John William
Brittain, Sir HarryHome, Sir R. S. (Glasgow, Hillhead)Prescott, Major Sir W. H.
Buchanan, Lieut.-Colonel A. L. H.Hunter, General Sir A. (Lancaster)Raeburn, Sir William H.
Buckley, Lieut.-Colonel A.Hurd, Percy A.Rees, Sir J. D. (Nottingham, East)
Burdon, Colonel RowlandIrving, DanRichardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)
Cairns, JohnJackson, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. F. S.Roberts, Samuel (Hereford, Hereford)
Campion, Lieut.-Colonel W. R.James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. CuthbertRose, Frank H.
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Evelyn (Birm., Aston)Jellett, William MorganRoyce, William Stapleton
Chamberlain, Rt. Hn. J. A. (Birm., W.)Jodrell, Neville PaulRoyds, Lieut.-Colonel Edmund
Chamberlain, N. (Birm., Ladywood)John, William (Rhondda, West)Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Cheyne, Sir William WatsonJones, Sir Evan (Pembroke)Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustavo D.
Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston S.Joynson-Hicks, Sir WilliamScott, A. M. (Glasgow, Bridgeton)
Clough, Sir RobertKellaway, Rt. Hon. Fredk. GeorgeScott, Sir Leslie (Liverp'l, Exchange)
Cobb, Sir CyrilKelley, Major Fred (Rotherham)Seely, Major-General Rt. Hon. John
Cohen, Major J. BrunelKennedy, ThomasSharman-Crawford, Robert G.
Colvin, Brig.-General Richard BealeKenyon, BarnetShaw, Hon. Alex. (Kilmarnock)
Cope, Major WilliamKing, Captain Henry DouglasShaw, William T. (Forfar)
Courthope, Lieut.-Col. George L.Kinloch-Cooke, Sir ClementShortt, Rt. Hon. E. (N'castle-on-T.)
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir HenryLambert Rt. Hon. GeorgeSimm, M. T.
Curzon, Captain ViscourtLane-Fox, G. R.Smith, Sir Allan M. (Croydon, South)
Davidson, J. C. C. (Hemel Hempstead)Law, Rt. Hon. A. B. (Glasgow, C.)Sprot, Colonel Sir Alexander
Davies, A. (Lancaster, Clitheroe)Lewis, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Univ., Wales)Stanley, Major Hon. G. (Preston)
Dean, Commander P. T.Lewis, T. A. (Glam., Pontypridd)Stephenson, Lieut.-Colonel H. K.
Edge, Captain Sir WilliamLindsay, William ArthurSueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
Edwards, Hugh (Glam., Neath)Lloyd, George ButlerSugden, W. H.
Elliott, Lt.-Col. Sir G. (Islington, W.)Lloyd-Greame, Sir P.Surtees, Brigadier-General H. C.
Erskine, James Malcolm MonteithLocker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green)Sutherland, Sir William
Eyres-Monsell, Com. Bolton M.Locker-Lampson, Com. O. (H'tlngd'n)Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Falcon, Captain MichaelLorden, John WilliamThomson, Sir W Mitchell- (Maryhill)
Falle, Major Sir Bertram GodfrayLoseby, Captain C. E.Townley, Maximillan G.
Fell, Sir ArthurMacdonald, Rt. Hon. John MurrayTownshend, Sir Charles Vere Ferrers
Fisher, Rt. Hon. Herbert A. L.Mackinder, Sir H. J. (Camlachie)Tryon, Major George Clement
FitzRoy, Captain Hon. Edward A.Macnamara, Rt. Hon. Dr. T. J.Wallace, J.
Flannery, Sir James FortescueMacpherson, Rt. Hon. James I.Walsh, Stephen (Lancaster, Ince)
Forestier-Walker, L.Mallaby-Deeley, HarryWard-Jackson, Major C. L.

The House divided: Ayes, 215: Noes, 28.

Ward, William Dudley (Southampton)Wilson, Col. M. J. (Richmond)Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L.
Waring, Major WalterWindsor, ViscountYate, Colonel Sir Charles Edward
Watson, Captain John BertrandWinterton, EarlYoung, E. H. (Norwich)
Weston, Colonel John WakefieldWise, FrederickYoung, Sir Frederick W. (Swindon)
Wheler, Col. Granville C. H.Wolmer, ViscountYoung, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Wignall, JamesWood, Hon. Edward F. L. (Ripon)Younger, Sir George
Williams, C. (Tavistock)Wood, Sir H. K. (Woolwich, West)
Williams, Lt.-Col. Sir R. (Banbury)Wood, Sir J. (Stalybrldge & Hyde)TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Willoughby, Lieut.-Col. Hon. ClaudWood, Major Sir S. Hill-(High Peak)Colonel Leslie Wilson and Mr.
Wills, Lt.-Col. Sir Gilbert Alan H.Woolcock, William James U.McCurdy.
Wilson, Lt.-Col. Sir M. (Bethnal Gn]

NOES.

Adamson, Rt. Hon. WilliamHogge, James MylesShort, Alfred (Wednesbury)
Benn, Captain Wedgwood (Leith)Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly)Thorne, G. R. (Wolverhampton, E.)
Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish-Maclean, Rt. Hon. Sir D. (Midlothian)Wedgwood, Colonel Josiah C.
Bramsdon, Sir ThomasMalone, C. L. (Leyton, E.)White, Charles F. (Derby, Western)
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord R. (Hitchin)Mills, John EdmundWintringham, Margaret
Collins, Sir Godfrey (Greenock)Mosley, OswaldWood, Major M. M. (Aberdeen, C.)
Davies, David (Montgomery)Murray, Hon. A. C. (Aberdeen)
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth. Pontypool)Murray, Dr. D. (Inverness & Ross)TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Halls, WalterNaylor, Thomas EllisLieut.-Commander Kenworthy and
Hayday, ArthurO'Connor, Thomas P.Mr. Foot.
Hayward, EvanRaffan, Peter Wilson

Resolved, "That this House, at its rising this day, do adjourn until Monday, 12th June."