HC Deb 04 June 1860 vol 158 c2038

said, he had understood that the Scotch Bill was to be withdrawn; and he might observe that he had just come from Scotland, where nobody cared a straw for the measure, and a good many people wished that the Bill for England was also withdrawn. It would be certainly unfair to pass a Bill for England, but none for Ireland or Scotland, and he thought that the Government should proceed with all the Bills or withdraw all of them.


said, he had not heard in the confusion—if the matter were of any consequence—what had become of the Irish Bill. [Lord J. RUSSELL: It stands for Thursday.] He had understood that the noble Lord had confined his energies to the Bill for England, and that the Scotch and Irish Bills would not be proceeded with.


explained that what he had said was that the English Bill would be proceeded with in Committee, but that he believed there would not be time to go on with the Scotch and Irish Bills. The hon. Member (Mr. Blackburn) had objected to the passing of an English Bill without there being a Bill for Scotland. He (Lord John Russell) might be mistaken, but he thought that the Government of last year brought in an English Bill with out proposing any Bill for Scotland at all.

Second Reading deferred to Thursday.