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IRISH COMMITTEE AT WORK. (By Our Parliamentary Correspondent.) PARLIAMENT will re-assemble on Wed- nesday next after the longest recess since the war. The session promises to he the most strenuous and productive in our political history, but the Government hope that the work may be completed be- fore Christmas. Although the pro- gramme for next week has been settled it may be altered if there is any general desire for a debate on the industrial position with special reference to the Government's attitude in the recent rail- way strike. The Government would not resist any such desire; indeed, would wel- come the opportunity of making a full pronouncement on the policy which is to be followed by the State when any section of the community, ignoring the machinery for a judicial examination of their case, resolve to plunge the country into chaos. From the Labour point of view there would be an advantage in having the debate next week, namely, that Mr. Arthur Henderson, Mr. Sexton and other members will be obliged to leave in a few days in order to attend the first international Labour Conference convened by the President of the United States in accordance with the Peace Treaty, and Mr. Henderson intends to be present on the first day of the session so as to take the oath and his seat on his return for Widnes. First Work. The Whips have been at work again this week and,No. 12 Downing-street has been the scene of great activity. On Wednesday a whip was received by all members relating to the business of the House of Commons for next-week. On Wednesday, when the House will meet at a quarter to three, the report stage of the Alien's Restriction Bill will be taken. Upon this there will no doubt be a large number of amendments in view of the dissatisfaction already expressed at the form in which the Bill emerged from standing committee towards the close of last session. Thursday, subject to the proviso already mentioned respecting an industrial debate, will be devoted to the second reading of the Prison Officers' Superannuation Bill, the County Court Judges (Retirement Pensions) Bill and the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Bill. The plans for the .remainder of the session have been under discussion in the Cabinet this week but have not been fin ally agreed upon. There are several Bills, including the Electricity Bill, to be completed—as this Autumn session is technically a continuance of the Summer session, all the Bills are kept alive—but the real features of the new session will be industrial legislation and a Home Rule Bill. Home Rule Effort. The Government, wisely or unwisely and with what prospect of success it is not easy to determine, have decided that they must press for a permanent settle- ment of the Home Rule difficulty. America's concern in the present un- happy condition of Ireland is said to be one of the reasons for this new effort, but a much more real reason is the load of debt which is being piled up by the safe- guards at present necessary to maintain law and order in that coui-itry. At any rate, the Government mean to attempt to pass a Bill in the coming session and have appointed a,.committee of ten to prepare the measure after a full explora- tion of the whole question. Mr. Walter Long is the chairman, and the first meet- ing was held on Tuesday in his room at the Admiralty for the settlement of points' of procedure. The First Lord of the Admiralty was, it will be remembered the chairman of the last Cabinet com- mittee which was set up to try and thrash out the details of an acceptable self- government Bill for Ireland. But he is practically the only member of the new committee who was concerned in any previous settlement effort. The others will be able to bring fresh minds to bear on the problem, with what advantage re- mains to be seen in the results of their work. The Personnel. It is altogether a remarkable com- mittee. Most interesting of all is the in- clusion in it of Lord Birkenhead, the Lord Chancellor. Sir Auckland Geddes has joined the committee and will be able to bring his knowledge of Dominion Government to bear. Then there is Mr. Ldward Shortt, K.C. Both Lord French and Mr. Macpherson are on the com- mittee, two very proper appoint- ments. At first Sir Robert Home was appointed to the committee, but he had to ask to be excused owing to the pressure at the Labour Ministry. His place has been taken by Mr. George Roberts. Sir. Worthington Evans and Mr. Kellaway complete .the committee, who have begun their task under extremely good auspices. Mr. Thomas Jones (formerly secretary of the Welsh Insur- ance Commission), and Mr. J. M. Evans are secretaries. The committee have the fullest power to call evidence if they so desire, but it ilS not believed that they will adopt this course. They will probably prefer to have private consultations with representative men.