§ MR. LEEMAN
said, he would beg to ask Mr. Attorney General, Whether, having regard to the fact that the Bankruptcy Bill contains 479 clauses, many of which involve important questions of principle and not of mere detail, to the large number of Amendments standing for discussion, and to the consequent improbability of the House being able to devote sufficient time to the consideration of the measure in the short remaining period of the present Session, he will withdraw the Bill and reintroduce it next year?
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
said, the Bankruptcy Bill, however desirable in itself, could not, of course, be suffered to delay for a moment the more important measure before the House. It would be premature, however, to withdraw the Bankruptcy Bill at present, regard being had to the fact that within the last week or fortnight numerous Petitions from Chambers of Commerce, urging that the measure should be proceeded with, had been sent up. If the hon. Member would repeat his Question in a week or ten days, he (the Attorney General) should then be prepared to give him a final answer.