HC Deb 20 July 1871 vol 208 cc14-5

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If he cannot give a somewhat definite assurance that provided no emergency occurs of an unforeseen and urgent character, Government will make the Scotch Education Bill the leading measure of next Session?


, in reply, said, he was not quite certain what his hon. Friend meant by "the leading measure of next Session," but supposed that he meant a measure which would take precedence of other measures. His hon. Friend could hardly wish to imply that the Government ought to have put aside either the Army Bill or the Ballot Bill in order to take the Scotch Education Bill; but, presuming those two Bills to be out of the way, he was not aware of any other measure for the improvement of the law, setting aside measures of immediate and urgent necessity, which ought to take precedence of the Scotch Education Bill. That remark would apply both to the present and the ensuing Session.