15 MAY 1936, Page 3

I have been increasingly impressed this week by the immense

Parliamentary competence of Mr. Neville Chamberlain. The claims on his time are prodigious. In addition to piloting the Budget through the House, he has been in charge both of the Civil List and the Special Area Bills, and it is an open secret that he is chairman of nearly every Cabinet committee. Yet in debate he is always complete master of his brief, and approaches every subject with just the right mixture of suavity and assur- ance that never fails to carry his supporters with him, however doubtful they might have been as to the wisdom of his course before he spoke. Ile has, too, a remarkable facility that even the leaders of the Bar might envy for exposing the contradictions of the Opposition ease. It has been a real intellectual delight to listen to him.

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