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– in the House of Commons on 29th March 1923.

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Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Before further business is proceeded with, might I press the Chancellor of the Exchequer to postpone the introduction of the Special Constables Bill, in order to give us an opportunity of seeing whether we want to oppose it or not? It is particularly necessary that we should consider the Bill before moving its rejection. As the Bill has not yet been printed and circulated we should be glad if the Second Reading could be postponed from the Monday when the House reassembles to some day later, so that it can be properly examined.

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I am very sorry that. I cannot accede to that request. When we resume we shall he pressed for time. The Bill will be in the Vote Office this afternoon, and that will give the hon. and gallant Member the opportunity he desires. It. will be perfectly open to him to move the rejection of the Bill, even without. putting clown a Motion. I am afraid that I cannot see my way to alter the announcement which I made yesterday.

Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

This gives us no chance of putting clown Amendments to the Bill.

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The hon. Member is in error. Amendments are only put down when the Bill goes to the Committee stage.

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

It does not give opportunity for putting down a reasoned Amendment on the Second Reading.

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I think there will be time this afternoon.