§ Order for Committee read.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That Mr. Speaker do now leave the Chair."—(Mr. Bagwell.)
§ SIR ROBERT PEEL
said, it would be impossible for the Government to agree to this Bill, which revived the old system of "Charleys" with their lanterns in the town of Clonmel. He moved that it be committed that day three months.
To leave out from the word "That" to the end of the Question, in order to add the words "this House will, upon this day three months, resolve itself into the said Committee,"—(Sir Robert Peel,)
§ MR. BAGWELL
said, he would read a letter, the writer of which stated that he saw no objection to the Bill, and would give the hon. Gentleman who introduced it all 383 the assistance in his power. That letter was signed "Robert Peel."
§ SIR ROBERT PEEL
said, he would admit the letter was in his handwriting. He at first saw nothing objectionable in the Bill; but he had since communicated with the authorities in Ireland, who thought it would be impracticable to have watchmen under the town commissioners of Clonmel and the county constabulary besides. He had promised his hon. Friend all the assistance in his power, but unfortunately he found he could not give it him to carry through his measure.
§ MR. O'REILLY
said, he should support this Bill on its merits, and because it was necessary the local authorities should have the power of appointing these watchmen.
§ MR. HASSARD
said, Irish Members were placed in a difficult position by the conduct of the Government—they did not know to whom to look for advice.
§ MR. O'HAGAN (ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND)
said, his right hon. Friend, having consulted the proper authorities, found that they were of opinion that the Bill would not work. He could not consent to make himself responsible for the Bill.
§ SIR GEORGE GREY
said, the objection to the Bill was that the two police authorities that would be established in the same town if the Bill passed would not work in harmony.
§ Question, "That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the Question," put, and agreed to.
§ Main Question put, and agreed to.
§ Bill considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment; to be read 3o To-morrow.
§ House adjourned at a quarter before Two.