HC Deb 15 February 1875 vol 222 c309

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in view of the late hours to which the sittings of this House are frequently extended, Her Majesty's Government has considered the advisability of recommending to the House the adoption of a rule fixing an hour beyond which no sitting should be continued?


Sir, I am myself opposed, as a general rule, to restricting the action of the House, and although it may be necessary, under certain conditions, to accede to an arrangement of that kind, I do not think that the proposition suggested by the hon. Gentleman should be adopted. Very late hours are sometimes necessary. I trust they will not be often necessary; but, on the whole, I think it is better to trust to the good sense and good temper of the House than to impose any restriction of the nature implied in the Question.