Mr. JOHN CHARLTON (North Norfolk).
Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to call attention to the order of business of the House. For the last two or three years, when the government have taken all the days in the week
but one, if the day not taken was other than Wednesday, the order of business for Wednesday was adopted for the day so left free for business introduced by private members. I understand that we have but one day devoted to business introduced by private members under the resolution introduced by the right hon. leader of the government, and that day is Monday ; and I see by the Order paper that the regular Order for this day is retained-that is, we have first, questions to be put by members, next notices of motion, and next public Bills and Orders. Now, notices of motion may occupy the day and so public Bills and Orders be entirely excluded from consideration. Under the regular order of business we have Monday devoted, as under the Order now before us, to questions to be put by members, then notices of motion, then public Bills and Orders; Wednesday to notices of motion up to six o'clock and public Bills and Orders after half-past seven ; and Thursday to public Bills and Orders up to six o'clock, and notices of motion after half-past seven. This divided the time as equally and fairly as it is possible to do between these classes of business-notices of motions and public Bills and Orders. I presume that it is an oversight that the custom of the last two or three years has not been followed and the order of business for Wednesday fixed for Monday. Now, we have on the Order paper nineteen public Bills. If the Order is retained as it stands, we are in danger of not reaching any of these. Some of them are Bills of importance, among them the Bill with regard to the cigarette question.