Perhaps it will be for the convenience of the House if I announce the nature of the Resolution which I propose to move to-morrow for the Adjournment. The Government intend to ask the House to-morrow, in considering the Motion for the Adjournment, to give power to Mr. Speaker to summon the House at an earlier date, if, after consultation with the Government, he is satisfied that the public interests require an earlier meeting. The House has granted this power on previous occasions. We propose to ask the House to-morrow to adjourn until the 2nd February.
That will be settled during the Recess. As my right hon. Friend knows, it is a very simple thing for the Government, if they have a statement to make and wish to take time otherwise allocated, to move, "That the House do now adjourn," at the beginning of the Debate.
Is it not much more important from the point of view of the country in its present condition that the first week after Parliament meets should be devoted to the important Measures that the country is expecting the Government to bring into operation at the earliest possible moment?
Sir F. HALL:
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that practically the whole of the London Members are deadly opposed to the London Passenger Transport Bill, and will he in the circumstances say that that Bill will be dropped, because there is a practically unanimous opinion that it is impossible to alter the Bill in such a manner as to make it acceptable to the London Members?