HC Deb 11 March 1859 vol 153 cc10-1

said, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer informed the House on the previous day that by his Bill no disfranchisement would take place. But there was in that Bill a clause disfranchising the persons employed in dockyards. He understood, however, that existing rights would be saved by the new clauses which the Chancellor of the Exchequer intended to introduce; he would, therefore, beg to ask whether, by any of the clauses the right hon. Gentleman proposed to introduce, the rights of artisans and others employed in the dockyards would be preserved?


said, the hon. Gentleman had given him no notice of the question. He did not complain of the circumstance; but he thought the custom of giving notice was a convenient one. What he stated yesterday was, that in the Bill which he had the honour to introduce to the House no place and no person would be disfranchised. He was not aware that the artisans of the dockyards were disfranchised by his Bill. It was the intention of the Government, not that they should be disfranchised, but that they should be disqualified.

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