Easter Recess.

Business of the House. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Asquith Mr Herbert Asquith , Paisley

I desire to ask the Leader of the House three questions in regard to the business of the Houseā€”in the first place, whether the Lords Amendments to the Irish Free State (Agreement) Bill will be taken to-day; secondly, if the answer to my first question be in

the negative, when will the Lords Amendments to the Irish Free State Bill be taken; and, thirdly, can the right hon. Gentleman give us any information or suggestion as to the probable date of the Easter Recess?


A round table Conference began this morning at the Colonial Office between Ministers representing the Governments of Northern and Southern Ireland, and Ministers representing His Majesty's Government. It is not possible to decide on the treatment to be accorded to the various Amendments of the Irish Free State (Agreement) Bill until the Conference has proceeded further with its labours. I am therefore obliged to postpone the consideration of the Lords Amendments until to-morrow, when it will be taken as the first Order of the Day. Under the circumstances, I hope it will be quite easy for us to finish to-night before eleven o'clock the Second Beading of the Unemployment Insurance Bill which will become the first effective Order, and the East India Loans (Railways and Irrigation) Bill. It is very important that we should get both these Measures through before Easter, and I propose to ask the House to suspend the Eleven o'Clock Bale, in case further time should be needed.

As regards the holidays, assuming that we can get the necessary business done, we propose to adjourn on Wednesday, the 12th April, and not meet again until Wednesday, the 26th April.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on the Unemployment Insurance Bill and in Committee on East India Loans [Railways and Irrigation] be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[Mr. Chamberlain.]

The House divided: Ayes, 254; Noes, 80.

Division No. 66.]AYES.[3.55 p.m.
Adair, Rear-Admiral Thomas B. S.Baird, Sir John LawrenceBennett, Sir Thomas Jewell
Adkins, Sir William Ryland DentBalfour, George (Hampstead)Bethell, Sir John Henry
Agg-Gardner, Sir James TynteBanbury, Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick G.Bird, Sir R. B. (Wolverhampton, W.)
Ainsworth, Captain CharlesBanner, Sir John S. Harmood.Blair, Sir Reginald
Amery, Leopold C. M. S.Barnes, Rt. Hon. G. (Glas., Gorbals)Blake, Sir Francis Douglas
Archer-Shee, Lieut.-Colonel MartinBarnett, Major Richard W.Boscawen, Rt. Hon. Sir A. Griffith.
Armitage, RobertBarnston, Major HarryBowyer, Captain G. W. E.
Armstrong, Henry BruceBeauchamp, Sir EdwardBoyd-Carpenter, Major A.
Ashley, Colonel Wilfrid W.Beckett, Hon. GervaseBreese, Major Charles E.
Astor, ViscountessBellairs, Commander Cariyon W.Briggs, Harold
Bagley, Captain E. AshtonBenn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake)Britton, G. B.
Broad, Thomas TuckerHarris, Sir Henry PercyPearce, Sir William
Brown, Major D. C.Haslam, LewisPease, Rt. Hon. Herbert Pike
Buchanan, Lieut.-Colonel A. L. H.Hennessy, Major J. R. G.Peel, Col. Hn. S. (Uxbridge, Mddx.)
Buckley, Lieut.-Colonel A.Herbert, Dennis (Hertford, Watford)Percy, Charles (Tynemouth)
Bull, Rt. Hon. Sir William JamesHilder, Lieut.-Colonel FrankPercy, Lard Eustace (Hastings)
Burn, Col. C. R. (Devon, Torquay)Hills, Major John WallerPerkins, Walter Frank
Butcher, Sir John GeorgeHinds, JohnPinkham, Lieut.-Colonel Charles
Carew, Charles Robert S.Hood, Sir JosephPollock, Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Murray
Casey, T. W.Hopkins, John W. W.Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton
Cautley, Henry StrotherHopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley)Rae, H. Norman
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Evelyn (Birm., Aston)Hotchkin, Captain Stafford VereRaeburn, Sir William H.
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord H. (Ox. Univ.)Hudson, R. M.Randles, Sir John Scurrah
Chamberlain, Rt. Hn. J. A. (Birm. W.)Hunter, General Sir A. (Lancaster)Ratcliffe, Henry Butler
Chamberlain, N. (Birm., Ladywood)Hurd, Percy A.Rawlinson, John Frederick Peel
Cheyne, Sir William WatsonHurst, Lieut.-Colonel Gerald B.Rees, Sir J. D. (Nottingham, East)
Clough, Sir RobertJames, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. CuthbertReid, D. D.
Coats, Sir StuartJameson, John GordonRemnant, Sir James
Cobb, Sir CyrilJephcott, A. R.Renwick, Sir George
Cohen, Major J. BrunelJohnstone, JosephRoberts, Samuel (Hereford, Hereford)
Colfox, Major Wm. PhillipsJones, J. T (Carmarthen, Llanelly)Roberts, Sir S. (Sheffield, Ecclesall)
Colvin, Brig.-General Richard BealeJoynson-Hicks, Sir WilliamRobinson, S. (Brecon and Radnor)
Conway, Sir W. MartinKellaway, Rt. Hon. Fredk. GeorgeRoundell, Colonel R. F.
Cope, Major WilliamKenyon, BarnetSamuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Cory, Sir J. H. (Cardiff, South)King, Captain Henry DouglasSanders, Colonel Sir Robert Arthur
Courthope, Lieut.-Col. George L.Kinloch-Cooke, Sir ClementSassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave D.
Cowan, Sir H. (Aberdeen and Kinc.)Lambert, Rt. Hon. GeorgeScott, A. M. (Glasgow, Bridgeton)
Croft, Lieut.-Colonel Henry PageLarmor, Sir JosephSeddon, J. A.
Curzon, Captain ViscountLewis, T. A. (Glam., Pontypridd)Seely, Major-General Rt. Hon. John
Davidson, J. C. C. (Hemel Hempstead)Lindsay, William ArthurShaw, Hon. Alex. (Kilmarnock)
Davies, Altred Thomas (Lincoln)Lldyd, George ButlerShaw, William T. (Forfar)
Davies, David (Montgomery)Lloyd-Greame, Sir P.Shortt, Rt. Hon. E. (N'castle-on-T.)
Davies, Thomas (Cirencester)Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green)Sprot, Colonel Sir Alexander
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.)Locker-Lampson, Com. O. (H'tingd'n)Stanley, Major Hon. G. (Preston)
Dawson, Sir PhilipLorden, John WilliamStarkey, Captain John Ralph
Dockrell, Sir MauriceLowther, Maj.-Gen. Sir C. (Penrith)Steel, Major S. Strang
Doyle, N. GrattanLyle, C. E. LeonardStephenson, Lieut.-Colonel H. K.
Edge, Captain Sir WilliamMackinder, Sir H. J. (Camlachie)Stevens, Marshall
Edwards, Major J. (Aberavon)McLaren, Hon. H. D. (Leicester)Stewart, Gershom
Edwards, Hugh (Glam., Neath)McLaren, Robert (Lanark, Northern)Strauss, Edward Anthony
Erskine, James Malcolm MonteithM'Lean, Lieut.-Col. Charles W. W.Sugden, W. H.
Evans, ErnestMcMicking, Major GilbertSutherland, Sir William
Eyres-Monsell, Com. Bolton M.Macnamara, Rt. Hon. Dr. T. J.Terrell, George (Wilts, Chippenham)
Falcon, Captain MichaelMacpherson, Rt. Hon. James I.Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Falls, Major Sir Bertram GodfrayMacquisten, F. A.Thomson, Sir W. Mitchell- (Maryhill)
Fell, Sir ArthurMallalieu, Frederick WilliamThorpe, Captain John Henry
Fisher, Rt. Hon. Herbert A. L.Malone, Major P. B. (Tottenham, S.)Tryon, Major George Clement
FitzRoy, Captain Hon. Edward A.Marriott, John Arthur RansomsTurton, Edmund Russborough
Flannery, Sir James FortescueMartin, A. E.Wallace, J.
Ford, Patrick JohnstonMatthews, DavidWalton, J. (York, W. R., Don Valley)
Forrest, WalterMond, Rt. Hon. Sir Alfred MorltzWard, Col. L. (Kingston-upon-Hull)
Fraser, Major Sir KeithMoreing, Captain Algernon H.Ward, William Dudley (Southampton)
Frece, Sir Walter deMorris, RichardWaring, Major Walter
Gange, E. StanleyMorrison, HughWatson, Captain John Bertrand
Ganzoni, Sir JohnMorrison-Bell, Major A. C.Watts-Morgan, Lieut.-Col. D.
Gardner, ErnestMunro, Rt. Hon. RobertWeston, Colonel John Wakefield
Gee, Captain RobertMurchison, C. K.Wheler, Col. Granville C. H.
Gilbert, James DanielMurray, C. D. (Edinburgh)White, Col. G. D. (Southport)
Gilmour, Lieut.-Colonel Sir JohnMurray, John (Leeds, West)Williams, C. (Tavistock)
Glyn, Major RalphMurray, William (Dumfries)Wills, Lt.-Col. Sir Gilbert Alan H.
Goff, Sir R. ParkNail, Major JosephWilson, Col. M. J. (Richmond)
Goulding, Rt. Hon. Sir Edward A.Neal, ArthurWindsor, Viscount
Grant, James AugustusNewman, Colonel J. R. P. (Finchley)Winterton, Earl
Green, Joseph F. (Leicester, W.)Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter)Wise, Frederick
Greenwood, Rt. Hon. Sir HamarNewson, Sir Percy WilsonWood, Hon. Edward F. L. (Ripon)
Greenwood, William (Stockport)Newton, Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge)Wood, Sir H. K. (Woolwich, West)
Grelg, Colonel Sir James WilliamNicholson, Brig.-Gen. J. (Westminster)Wood, Major Sir S. Hill- (High Peak)
Gretton, Colonel JohnNicholson, Reginald (Doncaster)Yeo, Sir Alfred William
Guest, Capt. Rt. Hon. Frederick E.Nicholson, William G. (Petersfield)Young, E. H. (Norwich)
Guinness, Lieut.-Col. Hon. W. E.Norris, Colonel Sir Henry G.Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Gwynne, Rupert S.Norton-Griffiths, Lieut.-Col. Sir JohnYoung, W. (Perth & Kinross, Perth)
Hacking, Captain Douglas H.Oman, Sir Charles William C.Younger, Sir George
Hamilton, Major C. G. C.Ormsby-Gore, Hon. William
Hannon, Patrick Joseph HenryPalmer, Major Godfrey MarkTELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Harmsworth, C. B. (Bedford, Luton)Palmer, Brigadier-General G. L.Mr. McCurdy and Colonel Leslie
Harmsworth, Hon. E. C. (Kent)Parker, JamesWilson.
Acland, Rt. Hon. Francis O.Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W.Collins, Sir Godfrey (Greenock)
Adamson, Ht. Hon. WilliamBramsdon, Sir ThomasDavies, A. (Lancaster, Ciltheroe)
Addison, Rt. Hon. Dr. ChristopherBrown, James (Ayr and Bute)Davison, J. E. (Smethwick)
Ammon, Charles GeorgeCairns, JohnDevlin, Joseph
Barker, G (Monmouth, Abertillery)Cape, ThomasEdwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwellty)
Barton, Sir William (Oldham)Carter, W. (Nottingham, Mansfield)Edwards, G. (Norfolk, South)
Beck, Sir Arthur CecilCecil, Rt. Hon. Lord R. (Hitchin)Entwistle, Major C. F.
Foot, IsaacKiley, James DanielSueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser
Galbraith, SamuelLawson, John JamesSutton, John Edward
Gillis, WilliamLowther, Major C. (Cumberland, N.)Swan, J. E.
Glanville, Harold JamesLunn, WilliamThomas, Rt. Hon. James H. (Derby)
Graham D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton)Malone, C. L. (Leyton, E.)Thomson, T. (Middlesbrough, West)
Graham, R. (Nelson and Colne)Mills, John EdmundThorne, G. R. (Wolverhampton, E.)
Graham, W. (Edinburgh, Central)Mosley, OswaldThorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)
Grundy, T. W.Murray, Hon. A. C. (Aberdeen)Tillett, Benjamin
Guest, J. (York, W. R., Hemsworth)Murray, Dr. D. (Inverness & Ross)Walsh, Stephen (Lancaster, Ince)
Hall, F. (York, W. R. Normanton)Myers, ThomasWedgwood, Colonel Josiah C.
Hallas, EldredNaylor, Thomas EllisWhite, Charles F. (Derby, Western)
Halls, WalterNewbould, Alfred ErnestWignall, James
Hartshorn, VernonO'Connor, Thomas P.Williams, Aneurin (Durham, Consett)
Hayday, ArthurO'Grady, Captain JamesWilliams, Col. P. (Middlesbrough, E.)
Hayward, EvanParkinson, John Allen (Wigan)Wilson, James (Dudley)
Hirst, G. H.Rendall, AthelstanWintringham, Margaret
Holmes, J. StanleyRichardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)Wood, Major M. M. (Aberdeen, C.)
Irving, DanRoberts, Frederick O. (W. Bromwich)
John, William (Rhondda, West)Robertson, J. (Lanark)TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown)Rose, Frank H.Mr. T. Griffiths and Mr. Rhys J. Davies.
Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly)Shaw, Thomas (Preston)

First and Third Resolutions agreed to.