§ LORD J. RUSSELL
Sir, in moving 1123 that the House at its rising shall adjourn to Monday, I will state the course of proceeding which the Government proposes to pursue. When the Order of the Day for the second reading of the Ecclesiastical Titles Assumption Bill shall be read, my right hon. Friend the Secretary for the Home Department will state the alterations and modifications which it is intended to make in that measure, and which are certainly extensive. The last time the House sat, I was asked to postpone the second reading of the Bill after my right hon. Friend should have stated the alterations which we purpose to make in it; I have taken that proposition into consideration, and after my right hon. Friend shall have made his statemen the will propose that the Order of the Day for the second reading of the Bill shall be adjourned to Friday next. With respect to the general state of business, I may say that, there having been a considerable interval during which no public business has been done in this House, it is desirable we should proceed with the estimates for the year as soon as possible, and therefore I propose that the House shall consider the Navy Estimates in Committee on Monday. Having stated my intention to postpone the second reading of the Ecclesiastical Titles Assumption Bill until Friday next, I trust that those who are opposed to the measure will not offer any opposition to the House going into Committee upon it at an early day, supposing the second reading to be agreed to. It is also necessary to take some votes for the Army and Ordnance, especially the vote for the number of men, in order that the House may renew the Mutiny Bill, which expires on the 21st of April. It is not my intention to ask the House to come to any vote upon the income tax until Monday, the 24th instant; and on the preceding Friday, the 21st, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will state any alterations and modifications he may mean to propose in the financial measures of the Government. I do not know that I have anything further to state respecting the business before the House, and, therefore, I will conclude by moving that the House at its rising do adjourn to Monday.
§ Motion agreed to.