HC Deb 27 June 1856 vol 142 cc2154-7

Order for Second Reading read.


said, that the Bill had been before the House for about three months, and had been postponed from time to time in the hope of his finding an opportunity to explain its provisions. But he had found much opposition to it, not only in the metropolis and manufacturing districts, but also in Scotland, and what surprised him much, in Ireland too. He was convinced the Bill was founded on justice, and would have been a great improvement in the administration of the poor law, and a material benefit to unfortunate labourers. He, however, saw no chance of carrying it during the present Session, and therefore he proposed, with the consent of the House, to discharge the Order.


said, he wished to correct the impression that Irish Members were opposed to it; they were surprised that it had not carried out the recommendations of the Committee that sat for two years, and the withdrawal of the Bill would be much regretted.


said, he was glad the Bill was withdrawn, and he likewise hoped it would never he presented to the House again, for it was perfectly impracticable.


said, he could assure the House, although he had placed an Amendment on the paper, that he had no intention to oppose the Bill.

Order discharged.

Bill withdrawn.