HC Deb 23 April 1866 vol 182 cc1873-4

said, he would beg to ask the hon. Member for Dudley, Whether it is his intention to bring on his Motion on the subject of Fire Insurances? He understood that the hon. Member for Greenwich would postpone his Motion, which stood first on the paper, in order that the debate on the Reform. Bill might be proceeded with.


replied, that if he postponed the Motion of which he had given notice, and which stood for to-morrow, he should have very little chance of bringing the subject forward before the Chancellor of the Exchequer introduced his Budget. Even if the Reform debate concluded on Thursday, he should have very little chance of bringing on his Motion on Friday, as an Amendment in Supply; for an important Amendment connected with Ireland had precedence. If, therefore, he did not persevere with his Motion to-morrow he should very much peril its success. He hoped he did no violence to the wishes of the House, or of those who were in the habit of acting with him, by declining to give way, although he certainly had no desire to stand in the way of the important debate on Reform. His Motion, however, need not last more than an hour, or an hour and a half; and, after all, he did not I believe the Reform debate would end either on Thursday or Friday. The labours of a great many years he felt would be sacrificed if he did not persevere with his Motion to-morrow.