February 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)


We are in the
last stage of a long debate upon the Address which has lasted now for nearly three weeks, and the intervention of a motion of this kind, unless it be of paramount importance, will not contribute towards getting through with the business of the House economically and rapidly. It does not seem to me that, whether we discuss this question now or next week, it will make any difference to the intrinsic merits of the case, nor will it make any difference to its progress. Until the -debate on the Address is concluded, we are precluded from doing any other business. I would therefore counsel my hon. friend to,allow this matter to lie over until we havfe finished the debate on the Address, and when business will become more normal. I say this simply in the interest of the despatch of the business of the House.

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