HC Deb 18 February 1867 vol 185 cc465-6

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, if the House should agree to the 4th proposed Resolution on the subject of Reform—namely, "That the Occupation Franchise shall be based on the principle of Rating"—the carrying out of that Resolution would, in the view of the Government, be necessarily contingent on the passing of the Bill "for promoting Uniformity of Assessment in England and Wales;" and whether, if the House should agree to the 13th Resolution, praying Her Majesty to appoint a Boundary Commission, the passing of a Reform Bill need on that account be delayed beyond the period of the present Session of Parliament?


Sir, the passing of the Bill which we hope to introduce will not in any way depend upon the passing of the two other measures to which the hon. Gentleman has referred. But I trust I may be permitted to express my hope that when the Reform Bill is passed hon. Gentlemen will not deny us the portion of their time that may be requisite to pass the two other measures also.