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Business Of The House

Volume 41: debated on Wednesday 11 August 1920

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My Lords, the Mining Industry Bill has now left for the House of Commons, but it cannot possibly be considered by them in time for a to be sent back to your Lordships at our present hour of meeting—3.15— to-morrow afternoon. I suggest, therefore, that your Lordships should meet at 4.15 to-morrow. If any statement has to be made on foreign affairs an opportunity will be taken then by the noble Earl the Leader of the House to make it, and Lord Gainford will, I fancy, be able to take the Committee stage of his Bill as one of the first Orders of the Day until the Mining Industry Bill comes back to us.

Can the noble Earl tell us when it is hoped that the Motion for the adjournment for the recess will be actually moved?

I see no-reason why it should not be moved tomorrow. It depends, however, on the attitude taken by another place to your Lordships' Amendments to the Mining Industry Bill. It the Amendments prove acceptable and there is no difference of opinion between the two Houses, the adjournment will be moved to-morrow, and the Royal Commission taken at five o'clock probably.

House adjourned at five minutes past five o'clock, till to-morrow, a quarter past four o'clock.