HC Deb 08 July 1875 vol 225 cc1136-7

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If, considering that the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill is the most important Bill proposed specially for Scotland by the Government this Session, and that the Lord Advocate, on the part of the Government, promised so far back as the 28th of April to press through that Bill, and on that pledge No. 1 Bill of the same title was then withdrawn, he will arrange to give the above Government Bill first place on an early day?


Sir, in answering the Question which the hon. Gentleman put to me some days ago I agreed with him as to the importance of the measure, and I also shared his anxiety that the measure should pass. But the expression of sympathy on my part was described by the hon. Gentleman as discourteous. I can, however, give him no other answer than I did the other day. I think it desirable, and very desirable, that this Government measure should pass; but there are still more important Government measures which take prece- dence of it, and when they are passed I will take care that this Bill is proceeded with.


said, there was no Government pledge as to the other more important measures.