§ Lord Dalmeny
said, that he rose to put a question to the right hon. Secretary for the Home Department, relative to the Poor Law in Scotland. No doubt it would be in the recollection of the House that, a short time ago, he asked the right hon. Gentleman whether he intended, during the present Session, to bring forward any measure for the alteration and amendment of the Scotch Poor Law. On that occasion, the right hon. Gentleman returned an answer 958 couched in terms of great courtesy, but certainly not of a very definite character. He would, therefore, now repeat his question; and if it was the intention of the Government to do so, he wished to know at what period?
§ Sir James Graham
replied that, notwithstanding the multitudinous nature of the business which had occupied the time of himself and his Colleagues since the commencement of the Session, he would assure the noble Lord that he had not overlooked the subject-matter of the noble Lord's question. With regard to the time, he must claim indulgence until after Easter. On the first day after the recess, he would state definitively the course which the Government intended to take.