HC Deb 28 February 1839 vol 45 cc1043-5
Sir F. Trench

, in rising to postpone his motion till this day, wished to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any arrangement had been made with Mr. Bude for the fresh lighting of the House, without any consultation with the House.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

replied, that no other or different arrangement had been made now than when the gallant Member's own experiments on the lighting were in progress, except that as the former experiments had given rise to great expense, he had been very cautious, and had determined that no experiment should exceed a given sum. He had been asked whether, during the recess, a new and ingenious plan might be applied, with the view of seeing whether the House could be better lighted? He replied, that personally he had no objection, though he would be ready to carry out the decision of the House. During the recess, however, he saw no harm in the experiment beyond giving the gallant Member a little mortification at the possible result of experiments upon this subject.

Sir F. Trench

said, that a new expeririment could be suggested only because of the presumed failure of the plan already employed. He had heard, from persons engaged in different parts of the House, that his own plan had given satisfaction, and before it was condemned he must apply to the House to give it fair play, by restoring one-third of the number of lights which had been removed from the lustres, and by colouring the inside of the shades pale green. Before he sat down, he must warn the right hon. Gentleman, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, of the dangerous doctrine he had laid clown, that because he had allowed one change, he was necessarily to permit another. He believed that in domestic life, as well as in public affairs, it was wrong to suffer a fresh change to be made because another had been allowed.