§ 34. Mr. C. BATHURST
asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that it would offend the public conscience and create an apparent lack of internal 870 solidarity if a contested General Election were to take place next year, and if the usual party campaign with a view thereto were to commence in the course of the next few months, he will consider the desirability, by Amendment of the Parliament Act, of extending the duration of the present Parliament until 1917, or, alternatively, of constituting a Coalition Government for the purposes of the next Parliament, so that next year's General Election may not be fought by any party upon the ordinary issues of domestic controversy?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I fear I cannot undertake to deal with a matter so complex by question and answer in the House.
§ Mr. BATHURST
Does the Prime Minister contemplate without anxiety this country being convulsed by acute electoral controversy during the continuance of the War?