HC Deb 15 April 1872 vol 210 c1269

inquired, How soon the Government intended to introduce their Licensing Bill?


Sir, the Government are very sensible of the disadvantage at which both the House and the country are placed in dealing with two very important measures now before them without having also before them the propositions of the Government on the matter. At the same time, the state of Business in this House makes it impossible to bring forward this important measure at a very early period. We have, therefore, determined to introduce this measure in the House of Lords, and my noble Friend the Secretary for the Colonies will give Notice this day that he will to-morrow make a statement on the subject.