House of Lords.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 25th July 1922.

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Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

47 and 48.

asked the Prime Minister (1) what will be the number of each of the classes of which the new Upper House is to be composed;

(2) whether the new Joint Standing Committee to consider Money Bills will have the powers, and follow the procedure, of Joint Committees of both Houses?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

Both the matters to which the hon. and gallant Member refers will no doubt be discussed while the Debate on the Resolutions is proceeding in the House of Lords, and it would be premature for me to attempt to deal with either of them at the present stage by question and answer.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Why cannot the right hon. Gentleman answer the simple specific Question 47—whether the Cabinet have made up their mind about this?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

The Government have invited the House of Lords to co-operate with them in the reform of that House. I do not think we can enter into negotiations with success, and produce a cut-and-dried scheme, without reference to the discussion which is proceeding.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Does not the Prime Minister think that the House of Commons might be asked to co-operate, too?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

In due course it will be asked.

Dr. MURRAY:

Is it fair to ask the House of Lords to co-operate in committing suicide?