HC Deb 05 July 1867 vol 188 cc1067-8

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he had any objection to state what course the Government intended to pursue with regard to the Scotch Reform Bill, it being generally understood that it could not pass this Session? Did the Government mean to propose the second reading with a view to confirm the principle of the Bill, deferring the consideration of the measure in all other respects to the next Session of Parliament?


Sir, I beg to say, in reply to the hon. Gentleman's Question, that it is our intention, when the English Reform Bill is passed, to move the second reading of the Reform Bill for Scotland. By assenting to the second reading, the House would be adopting these two principles, the extension of the franchise and the increase in the number of seats; all other points I regard as measures of detail, which may be more beneficially dealt with by the House upon subsequent stages of the Bill.