7 December 1920
Arthur Henderson, who had visited Ireland on a tour to investigate the political crisis, returned and stated that “we are tired of this awful strife and want peace” as there were hopes of violence stopping on both sides.
The Government was defeated in the House of Lords on clause 70 of the Irish Bill, which enabled the dissolution of the Irish Parliament by a simple majority of that house and putting power in the hands of the Lord Lieutenant. What became known as the Government of Ireland Act was passed on 23 December 1920, but its proposals of giving home rule to Northern and Southern Ireland were never fully enacted due to the Irish War of Independence.
The Government confirmed in the House of Commons that special excursion trains for third class passengers would be provided during the Christmas holidays at reduced fares.