§ MR. P. HOWARD
said, that the right hon. Gentleman (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and other Members of the Government had voted on Tuesday on the Maynooth question in favour of the Motion "That the House do now adjourn." As that was generally considered to be the Parliamentary form by which a Resolution for inquiry should be negatived, and as either the right hon. Gentleman or other Members of the Government had failed to make a House at eight o'clock in the evening, to which hour they had adjourned, he (Mr. P. Howard) wished to ask the right hon. Gentleman now, or he would give notice for to-morrow of the question, whether any altered course of policy had been adopted by the Government as regarded the inquiry into the College of Maynooth?
§ The CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
said, that the hon. Member appeared to suppose that the Motion for the adjournment of the House on Tuesday was a Motion for the adjournment of the debate upon the Maynooth question. Upon this point the hon. Gentleman was in error. The Motion for the adjournment of the debate had passed; there was, subsequently, a Motion made by an hon. Gentleman opposite, for the adjournment of the House, and the business upon the paper did not in the least refer to Maynooth. It consisted of several Motions, three of which, if carried, would have very much diminished the revenue of the country; and he as Chancellor of the Exchequer had very naturally voted for a Resolution which would prevent these Motions being brought on. He did not vote for the adjournment with the slightest reference to the question of May- 1199 nooth, as originated by the hon. Member for North Warwickshire (Mr. Spooner), and his (the Chancellor of the Exchequer's) opinions upon that question were identical with those which he had expressed on a former occasion.
§ MR. P. HOWARD
said, he would now appeal to the hon. Member for North Warwickshire (Mr. Spooner) to state his intentions with respect to the Maynooth debate. If he would give an indication of the line of proceeding he meant to pursue, it would greatly conduce to the convenience of hon. Members.
§ MR. SPOONER
said, that it did not rest with him. He did not even know who the hon. Member was who, having moved the adjournment, was privileged to resume the debate. [Cries of "Mr. Freshfield."]
The O'GORMAN MAHON
begged the hon. Gentleman to state what course he intended to take with regard to the debate.
§ MR. SPOONER
I have no power one way or the other. It stands on the Orders of the Day to be resumed this evening after the other Orders of the Day.
§ MR.CHISHOLM ANSTEY
would then call upon the hon. Member for Boston (Mr. Freshfield) to state what course he was prepared to pursue?
§ MR. FRESHFIELD
said, that he had moved the adjournment of the debate; but as it stood on the paper after the other Orders of the Day, it was not until after the other Orders were disposed of that they could with regularity discuss when it was to be resumed.
§ Subject dropped.