HC Deb 31 July 1846 vol 88 c245

asked whether it was the intention of Government to propose any measures to facilitate railway business in the House? He was aware that a Committee was sitting, which had not made its report; but the nature of its Resolutions was pretty generally known. A Committee of the House of Lords had also made an excellent report, which was upon the Table. At the beginning of the Session there had been so many complaints, that the Prime Minister had felt called upon to come down and ask the opinion of the House as to the course to be pursued: the Session ought not to close without something being done prospectively to lessen the evils of the present system. He wished to ascertain, therefore, whether any and what measures were in contemplation to remedy what had been a perfect infliction on the House, and most unsatisfactory to the public.


replied, that it was quite true that the Committee had not yet made its report, and until it was before the House he could not pledge Government to carry any of its recommendations into effect. He did not know what those recommendations might ultimately be. It was equally true, that a Committee of the other House had made a report; but he was not prepared to say whether any measures would be founded upon its important recommendations. One of them was, that some means should be adopted as to the proof of compliance with the Standing Orders, with a view to avoid the great inconvenience and pressure so fully adverted to in the document. It seemed desirable that a plan should be adopted this Session in order that it might come into operation in the next.