Business of the House.

– in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

May I ask the prime minister what business it is proposed to take to-night, in the event of the Motion which is down on the Paper in his name being carried? May I ask him at the same time whether he cannot examine the work of the House, in order to see if it is possible not to move this Resolution every day? It is extremely hard upon the whole House, and the first effect it is having is, that we never get any Cabinet Minister in the House after Eleven o'Clock at night.

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

I am very sorry that the right hon. Gentleman's last statement should be true—[HON. MEMBERS: "So we are."]—but, if the right hon. Gentleman will examine the records of this House, he will find that July has, perhaps habitually, been devoted to this bad practice. I shall be only too glad to come to any sort of agreement to enable the House to rise at a reasonable hour, but business must be done.

It is proposed to-night to dispose of the Committee stage of the Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill, and the Second Reading of the British Sugar Industry (Assistance) Bill. There is a small Bill, the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which has come down from another place where it has received no opposition. I hope it will be received here with unanimous assent. If it is possible to get that Bill through—[Interruption]—I ask hon. Members to look at the Bill—so that it may become operative before the autumn is finished, it would be desirable. We shall not push it if there is any strong opposition. Those are the three items that we ask for to-night.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

May I ask the Prime Minister whether there is any authority, under the Standing Orders, by which he could call the House together at Eleven o'clock each day between now and the Adjournment, in order to get through the business?

Sir F. HALL:

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider taking, after the Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill, the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which I think is perfectly understood to be non-

contentious, and which every one desires to see passed?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

That is why I am putting it down as the third Order.

Sir F. HALL:

Could it not be taken as the second Order?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

The second Order is not quite so non-contentious.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[The Prime Minister.]

The House divided: Ayes, 248; Noes, 130.

Division No. 393.]AYES.[3.30 p.m.
Adamson, Rt. Hon. W. (Fife, West)Gardner, B. W. (West Ham, Upton)Lawther, W. (Barnard Castle)
Adamson, W. M. (Staff., Cannock)George, Megan Lloyd (Anglesca)Leach, W.
Addison, Rt. Hon. Dr. ChristopherGibbins, JosephLee, Frank (Derby, N. E.)
Alexander, Rt. Hon. A. V. (Hillsbro')Gibson, H. M. (Lancs, Mossley)Lee, Jennie (Lanark, Northern)
Ammon, Charles GeorgeGill, T. H.Lees, J.
Arnott, JohnGlassey, A. E.Leonard, W.
Attlee, Clement RichardGossling, A. G.Lloyd, C. Ellis
Ayles, WalterGould, F.Logan, David Gilbert
Baker, John (Wolverhampton, Bilston)Graham, Rt. Hon. Wm. (Edin., Cent.)Longden, F.
Baldwin, Oliver (Dudley)Greenwood, Rt. Hon. A. (Colne)Lunn, William
Barnes, Alfred JohnGrenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan)Macdonald, Gordon (Ince)
Barr, JamesGrundy, Thomas W.MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Seaham)
Batey, JosephHall, F. (York, W. R., Normanton)McElwee, A.
Beckett, John (Camberwell, Peckham)Hall, G. H. (Merthyr Tydvil)McEntee, V. L.
Benn, Rt. Hon. WedgwoodHall, J. H. (Whitechapel)McKinlay, A.
Bennett, Sir E. N. (Cardiff, Central)Hall, Capt. W. G. (Portsmouth, C.)Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan)
Bennett, William (Battersea, South)Hamilton, Mary Agnes (Blackburn)MacNeill-Weir, L.
Benson, G.Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Zetland)Macpherson, Rt. Hon. James I.
Blindell, JamesHardie, G. D. (Springburn)McShane, John James
Bondfield, Rt. Hon. MargaretHayday, ArthurMalone, C. L'Estrange (N'thampton)
Broad, Francis AlfredHayes, John HenryManning, E. L.
Brockway, A. FennerHenderson, Arthur, Junr. (Cardiff, S.)Mansfield, W.
Bromfield, WilliamHenderson, Joseph (Ardwick)March, S.
Brooke, W.Henderson, Thomas (Glasgow)Marcus, M.
Brothers, M.Henderson, W. W. (Middx., Enfield)Markham, S. F.
Brown, Rt. Hon. J. (South Ayrshire)Herriotts, J.Marshall, Fred
Brown, W. J. (Wolverhampton, West)Hirst, G. H. (York W. R. Wentworth)Mathers, George
Buchanan, G.Hirst, W. (Bradford, South)Matters, L. W.
Burgess, F. G.Hoffman, P. C.Messer, Fred
Buxton, C. R. (Yorks, W. R. Elland)Horrabin, J. F.Middleton, G.
Cape, ThomasHudson, James H. (Huddersfield)Millar, J. D.
Carter, W. (St. Pancras, S. W.)Hutchison, Maj.-Gen. Sir R.Mills, J. E.
Chater, DanielIsaacs, GeorgeMilner, Major J.
Cluse, W. S.John, William (Rhondda, West)Montague, Frederick
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R.Johnston, Rt. Hon. ThomasMorley, Ralph
Cocks, Frederick SeymourJones, Llewellyn-, F.Morrison, Rt. Hon. H. (Hackney, S.)
Compton, JosephJones, Henry Haydn (Merioneth)Mort, D. L.
Cowan, D. M.Jones, J. J. (West Ham, Silvertown)Muff, G.
Cripps, Sir StaffordJones, Rt. Hon. Lelf (Camborne)Murnin, Hugh
Daggar, GeorgeJones, Morgan (Caerphilly)Naylor, T. E.
Dallas, GeorgeJowett, Rt. Hon. F. W.Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter)
Dalton, HughJowitt, Rt. Hon. Sir W. A. (Preston)Noel Baker, P. J.
Davies, D. L. (Pontypridd)Kedward, R. M. (Kent, Ashford)Noel-Buxton, Baroness (Norfolk, N.)
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton)Kelly, W. T.Oliver, P. M. (Man., Blackley)
Day, HarryKennedy, Rt. Hon. ThomasOwen, Major G. (Carnarvon)
Denman, Hon. R. D.Kenworthy, Lt.-Com. Hon. Joseph M.Owen, H. F. (Hereford)
Dudgeon, Major C. R.Kinley, J.Palin, John Henry
Duncan, CharlesKirkwood, D.Palmer, E. T.
Ede, James ChuterKnight, HolfordParkinson, John Allen (Wigan)
Edmunds, J. E.Lambert, Rt. Hon. George (S. Molton)Perry, S. F.
Edwards, C. (Monmouth, Bedwellty)Lang, GordonPethick-Lawrence, F. W.
Edwards, E. (Morpeth)Lathan, G. (Sheffield, Park)Phillips, Dr. Marlon
Egan, W. H.Law, Albert (Bolton)Picton-Turbervill, Edith
England, Colonel A.Law, A. (Rossendale)Pole, Major D. G.
Evans, Major Herbert (Gateshead)Lawrence, SusanPotts, John S.
Foot, IsaacLawrie, Hugh Hartley (Stalybridge)Price, M. P.
Freeman, PeterLawson, John JamesPybus, Percy John
Quibell, D. J. K.Shinwell, E.Viant, S. P.
Ramsay, T. B. WilsonSimmons, C. J.Walker, J.
Rathbone, EleanorSinclair, Sir A. (Calthness)Wallace, H. W.
Raynes, W. R.Sinkinson, GeorgeWalters, Rt. Hon. Sir J. Tudor
Richards, R.Smith, Ben (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)Watkins, F. C.
Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring)Smith, Frank (Nuneaton)Watson, W. M. (Dunfermline)
Riley, Ben (Dewsbury)Smith, Lees-, Rt. Hon. H. B. (Keighley)Wellock, Wilfred
Riley, F. F. (Stockton-on-Tees)Smith, Rennie (Penistone)Welsh, James (Paisley)
Ritson, J.Smith, Tom (Pontefract)Welsh, James C. (Coatbridge)
Roberts, Rt. Hon. F. O. (W. Bromwich)Smith, W. R. (Norwich)Westwood, Joseph
Romeril, H. G.Snowden, Rt. Hon. PhilipWhite, H. G.
Rosbotham, D. S. T.Snowden, Thomas (Accrington)Whiteley, Wilfrid (Birm., Ladywood)
Rowson, GuySorensen, R.Whiteley, William (Blaydon)
Russell, Richard John (Eddisbury)Stamford, Thomas W.Williams, David (Swansea, East)
Salter, Dr. AlfredStrauss, G. R.Williams, E. J. (Ogmore)
Samuel, Rt. Hon. Sir H. (Darwen)Sullivan, J.Williams, Dr. J. H. (Llanelly)
Sanders, W. S.Sutton, J. E.Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Sawyer, G. F.Thomas, Rt. Hon. J. H. (Derby)Wilson, C. H. (Sheffield, Attercliffe)
Scott, JamesThorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)Wilson, J. (Oldham)
Scurr, JohnThurtle, ErnestWilson, R. J. (Jarrow)
Sexton, Sir JamesTillett, BenWinterton, G. E. (Leicester, Loughb'gh)
Shaw, Rt. Hon. Thomas (Preston)Tinker, John JosephWood, Major McKenzie (Banff)
Shepherd, Arthur LewisToole, JosephYoung, R. S. (Islington, North)
Sherwood, G. H.Tout, W. J.
Shield, George WilliamTownend, A. E.TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—
Shiels, Dr. DrummondTrevelyan, Rt. Hon. Sir CharlesMr. Paling and Mr. Charleton.
Shillaker, J. F.Vaughan, David
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-ColonelEverard, W. LindsayNall-Cain, A. R. N.
Ainsworth, Lieut.-Col. CharlesFerguson, Sir JohnNicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W. G. (Ptrsf'ld)
Albery, Irving JamesFison, F. G. ClaveringPeake, Capt. Osbert
Allen, Sir J. Sandeman (Liverp'l., W.)Forestler-Walker, Sir L.Penny Sir George
Astor, Maj. Hn. John J. (Kent, Dover)Frece, Sir Walter dePerkins, W. R. D.
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley (Bewdley)Ganzoni, Sir JohnPeto, Sir Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Balniel, LordGibson, C. G. (Pudsey & Otley)Pownall, Sir Assheton
Beamish, Rear-Admiral J. P. H.Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir JohnRamsbotham, H.
Bellairs, Commander CarlyonGower, Sir RobertReid, David D. (County Down)
Bourne, Captain Robert CroftGraham, Fergus (Cumberland, N.)Remer, John R.
Bowyer, Captain Sir George E. W.Grattan-Doyle, Sir N.Rodd, Rt. Hon Sir James Rennell
Boyce, LeslieGreaves-Lord, Sir WalterRuggles-Brise, Colonel E.
Briscoe, Richard GeorgeGretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. JohnRussell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Broadbent, Colonel J.Gunston, Captain D. W.Salmon, Major I.
Brown, Ernest (Leith)Hacking, Rt. Hon. Douglas H.Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham)
Brown, Brig-Gen. H. C. (Berks, Newb'y)Hall, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich)Sandeman, Sir N. Stewart
Buchan-Hepburn, P. G. T.Hamilton, Sir George (Ilford)Savery, S. S.
Bullock, Captain MalcolmHannon, Patrick Joseph HenryShepperson, Sir Ernest Whittome
Butler, R. A.Henderson, Capt. R. R. (Oxf'd, Henley)Skelton, A. N.
Cadogan, Major Hon. EdwardHope, Sir Harry (Forfar)Smith, Louis W. (Sheffield, Hallam)
Campbell, E. T.Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.)Smith-Carington, Neville W.
Carver, Major W. H.Hurd, Percy A.Smithers, Waldron
Cautley, Sir Henry S.Inskip, Sir ThomasSouthby, Commander A. R. J.
Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City)Knox, Sir AlfredSpender-Clay, Colonel H.
Cayzer, Maj. Sir Herbt, R. (Prtsmth, S.)Lamb, Sir J. Q.Stanley, Lord (Fylde)
Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. N. (Edgbaston)Law, Sir Alfred (Derby, High Peak)Steel-Maitland, Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur
Christle, J. A.Leigh, Sir John (Clapham)Sueter, Rear-Admiral M. F.
Cobb, Sir CyrilLeighton, Major B. E. P.Taylor, Vice-Admiral E. A.
Cockerill, Brig.-General Sir GeorgeLewis, Oswald (Colchester)Thompson, Luke
Colfox, Major William PhilipLocker-Lampson, Rt. Hon. GodfreyTitchfield, Major the Marquess of
Colman, N. C. D.Locker-Lampson, Com. O.(Handsw'th)Todd, Capt. A. J.
Colville, Major D. J.Lockwood, Captain J. H.Train, J.
Cooper, A. DuffLong, Major Hon. EricWallace, Capt. D. E. (Hornsey)
Crichton-Stuart, Lord C.Macdonald, Capt. P. D. (I. of W.)Ward, Lieut.-Col. Sir A. Lambert
Crookshank, Capt. H. C.Macquisten, F. A.Warrender, Sir Victor
Culverwell, C. T. (Bristol, West)Maitland, A. (Kent, Faversham)Wells, Sydney R.
Cunliffe-Lister, Rt. Hon. Sir PhilipMakins, Brigadier-General E.Williams, Charles (Devon, Torquay)
Dalrymple-White, Lt.-Col. Sir GodfreyMargesson, Captain H. D.Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George
Davies, Dr. VernonMarjoribanks, EdwardWomersley, W. J.
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.)Milne, Wardlaw-, J. S.Wood, Rt. Hon. Sir Kingsley
Dugdale, Capt. T. L.Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham)
Eden, Captain AnthonyMonsell, Eyres, Com. Rt. Hon. Sir B.TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—
Edmondson, Major A. J.Moore, Sir Newton J. (Richmond)Major Sir George Hennessy and
Elliot, Major Walter E.Moore, Lieut.-Colonel T. C. R. (Ayr)Sir Frederick Thomson.
Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s-M.)Muirhead, A. J.