HC Deb 19 April 1836 vol 32 cc1195-6
Mr. Harvey

in rising to move the Order of the Day for calling over the House, begged to ask the noble Lord (John Russell) whether it was his intention to oppose the motion? If it were his intention, then he should first move that the Order of the Day be read, and afterwards that the House be called over.

The Order of the Day read,

Mr. Harvey

then moved, that the House be called over, and in doing so said, he was anxious to state, as far as his own individual opinion was concerned, that looking at the unprecedented attendance of Members, at the present moment, he was content to dispense with a call of the House, if he could do so consistently with the course to be pursued by the noble Lord, the Member for Buckinghamshire, who had given notice of a call for Thursday next. The object of that noble Lord was to direct the attention of the House to the present state of agriculture, and to endeavour to procure for the agriculturists some relief out of the surplus which fortunately the right hon. Gentleman, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, stated was at his disposal. He therefore considered he could not, with consistency, wave his motion, inasmuch as while the object of the noble Lord was to promote economy, his object was to prevent extravagance. Under these circumstances, he felt it his duty to proceed with his motion.

Lord John Russell

did not rise to oppose the hon. Gentleman's motion for a call of the House; on the contrary, he had no objection to it; at the same time, if the House were then to be called over, he would put it to the noble Lord (the Marquis of Chandos), who had a similar notice for Thursday, whether, considering that the House was now so full, and that it was not likely that there would be any great diminution in the number of Members in the interim, the present call would not suffice for both motions, in order that a call of the House might be dispensed with on Thursday.

Motion agreed to, and the House was called over.