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Business Of The House

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 29 June 1922

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( by Private Notice)

asked the Prime Minister if he can communicate to the House the course of business for next week?

It is very necessary that we should make as much progress as possible with Bills which are down on the Paper for Second Reading and other stages, so that these Bills may be sent either to Committees upstairs as soon as possible, or to another place for consideration, so to avoid congestion towards the end of July. I therefore hope the House will assist as much as possible next week in dealing with a fairly large number of Measures, but few of which, I think, can be termed controversial.

On Monday, we shall take the Second Reading of the School Teachers (Superannuation) Bill—I think there is very good reason to believe it will be non-controversial—and the Report stages of the National Health Insurance Bill, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (Payment of Calls) Bill, the Harbours. Docks, and Piers (Temporary Increase of Charges) Bill, the Indian High Courts Bill [Lords],the Sale of Tea Bill, and, if time permit, other minor Orders on the Paper.

On Tuesday, we shall take Supply, Colonial Office Vote.

On Wednesday, we shall take the Second Readings of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill [Lords], the Allotments (Scotland) Bill [Lords], the Universities (Scotland) Bill [Lords], the Telegraph (Money) Bill, the Government of Northern Ireland (Loan Guarantee) Bill, the Merchandise Marks Bill [Lords], and the Public Works Loans Bill. They are all non-controversial.

On Thursday, we shall take Supply, Department of Mines Vote, Report stage.

On Friday, we shall take the Third Readings of Bills dealt with on Monday and other minor Orders, including the Second Readings of the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Bill and the Oil in Navigable Waters Bill [Lords].

May I ask whether, as the Government of Northern Ireland (Loan Guarantee) Bill does affect money and expenditure, the right hon. Gentleman will see that it is put down early, and not taken in the small hours of the morning, and that any other financial business shall be taken first?

I understand it has been discussed very fully on the Financial Resolution in the House.

Cannot we have a guarantee that this Bill will be taken at a reasonable hour and these non-controversial Bills taken later?

I trust the House will give the Government every facility in carrying this Bill, because we want to assist in the restoration of order throughout the country.

Is it proposed to suspend the Eleven o'Clock Rule on any of those dates?