HC Deb 06 May 1867 vol 187 cc5-6

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, In reference to his answer on Friday last, when he said, in reference to a question on the subject of the Irish Reform Bill, "We shall take care of Ireland," what meaning is to be attached to such answer; whether such Bill is to be framed upon the principle of the Scotch Reform Bill as explained by him; and when it will be introduced?


The meaning, Sir, to be attached to my words, which I do not myself recollect, though I do not doubt the accuracy of the memory of the hon. Gentleman, was this — that I meant to say that I would take care that the engagement of the Government to bring in a Bill to Amend the Representation of the People in Ireland should be virtually fulfilled, and my expectation is that very shortly after the introduction of the Scotch Bill, which will take place on Thursday, or on Monday at the latest, the Irish Bill will be introduced. I may take the opportunity of reminding the hon. Gentleman that the conduct of the Irish Bill will be under the care of my noble Friend the Chief Secretary for Ireland. I have undertaken the care of the Scotch Bill, in consequence of the unfortunate absence of the Lord Advocate from this House. But, with regard to the Irish Bill, for the future the hon. Member will be good enough to direct his inquiries to my noble Friend (Lord Naas), who, I am sure, will satisfy him to the utmost of his power, and having had his mind for some time directed to the question will, I feel confident, make a statement that will be satisfactory to the House.