HC Deb 16 May 1867 vol 187 cc620-1

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the of Exchequer, Whether it was his intention to be understood, with respect to the Scotch Reform Bill, that in order to provide increased Representation for Scotland it was the intention of Government to add to the present number of the Members of the House of Commons?


It is not, Sir, our intention to propose any reduction of the number of Members for England or for Ireland; and it is our intention to propose to obtain for Scotland a fair and adequate representation. Under these circumstances, we must have confidence in the enlightened wisdom of Parliament. It would probably be convenient to the House that I should say—having made inquiries as to the probable progress of business—that it is not our intention to ask the House to go into Committee on the Reform Bill to-night.