LONDON, Nov. 17, 1908 (UP) -- In a poll of the house of commons, completed Tuesday 420 of the 670 members admit themselves pledged to support the pending women's suffrage bill if it is brought to a final vote before the end of the season.
The bill is now tied up in committee, after second reading, and powerful influences are being brought to bear to keep it there.
The pressure of other business is urged as an excuse for not calling up the troublesome measure and those who have expressed themselves in favor of the bill probably
escape being put to the test.
The supporters of the suffrage bill are now considering action along the line suggested by Premier Asquith, the introduction of an equal suffrage amendment to the reform bill.
If such an amendment is introduced, in democratic form, when the house reassembles after the holidays, the premier says he will not oppose it.
The peers have not been so thoroughly canvassed as the commons, but the suffragette leaders assert that less opposition is likely among them than in the house of commons.