30 JULY 1921, Page 3

The debate was typical of several which have occurred lately.

The subject of each has been a big Government scheme for doing something which it promised to do at the last election. In the setting up of bureaucratic machinery, tho appointing of officials, the spending of money, much has been done; in the achievement of practical results, little. When complete lack of funds has necessitated a large curtailment of the scheme, at once the Opposition has come down with shouts of pledge-breaking, which they can substantiate amply from the Prime Minister's election speeches. Then Mr. Lloyd George gets up, makes a few witty remarks at the expense of the last speakers, pleads that "necessity knows no law," and concludes by conclusively showing that, though there is apparently curtailment, it is only in expense, and that really there will be more houses, or corn, or agricultural labourers' wages, or oil from Mesopotamia, or whatever that particular debate is on, than ever. Then the Coalition members vote and support the Government's policy by a two or three hundred majority. And so, for the Govern- ment, it "all comes right in the end."