HC Deb 04 April 1867 vol 186 c1105

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, previous to Monday next, he will lay before the House, in a printed form, all the alterations which Her Majesty's Government have determined to introduce in Committee into the Bill for amending the Representation of the People?


said, it would be clearly impossible to comply with the request of the right hon. Gentleman. He did not know of any Government that ever existed which could tell all the alterations that might be introduced into such a Bill. At present the modifications introduced by the Government were not so much alterations as additions, and they had reference chiefly to a series of clauses as to the modes by which the right of compound-householders to claim the franchise should be established. He was in hopes that he should have been able to lay these clauses upon the table that evening; but he had not been able to do so on account of the difficulty of the subject, and the great consideration which it required. He hoped, however, to be able to lay them before the House to-morrow, and in the hands of hon. Members by Saturday.