HC Deb 26 June 1873 vol 216 c1416

asked the right hon. Member for Kilmarnock, Whether it is his intention to proceed with the Motion for the nomination of the Committee on the Zanzibar Mail Contract which stands amongst the Orders of the Day?


in reply, said, that the last time the question was before the House it came on in an extraordinary way, and at half-past 1 o'clock in the morning, when there was no time to discuss it properly. The hon. Member for Gloucester (Mr. Monk) thought that the Committee to be named should be named not in the ordinary way, but by the Committee of Selection, and subsequently it was proposed that the debate be adjourned. Now, he (Mr. Bouverie) knew that if an adjournment took place, he had no command of the time of the House, and therefore he had no possible chance of bringing it on again, and he stated then that he should give up the whole question; but since then the right hon. Gentleman at the head of the Government, seeing that the question must be settled somehow, had given him precedence that night, when he hoped the question would come on in the ordinary way.