11 SEPTEMBER 1909, Page 2

The debate, which was continued in a thin House, was

enlivened by a passage of arms between Lord Morpeth and Mr. Lloyd George, the Speaker administering a rebuke to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sir F. Channing and Mr. Munro-Ferguson both warmly supported the development scheme, but admitted that the part dealing with motor traffic was open to criticism. In his reply Mr. Lloyd George quoted Continental analogies, and demurred to the association of corruption with democracy. He admitted, however, that, the success of his whole plan would depend on the character of the Advisory Committee. Ultimately, after Mr. Bonar Law had condemned the objectionable and mischievous means by which the Government proposed to further ends of which all parties approved, the Closure was enforced, and the second reading carried by 137 votes to 17.