HC Deb 03 May 1875 vol 223 cc1962-3

I wish, Sir, to put a Question to the right hon. Gentleman at the head of Her Majesty's Government with reference to an Order which stands on the Paper for to-day. Seeing that the Order of the day for the Second Beading of the Public Works Loan Acts Amendment Bill stands No. 15 on the Paper, I presume that it is not the intention of Her Majesty's Government to proceed with that Bill this evening; but, in consequence of an answer which was given on this subject on Friday last, to the effect that the Bill would not be proceeded with after half-past 10 o'clock, I should wish to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, considering the important character of the Amendments placed upon the Paper by the hon. Member for Hackney (Mr. Fawcett) on the Second Beading, and considering the possible division which may ensue upon that Amendment, it would be more convenient to Members on both sides of the House if the Second Beading of the measure could be fixed for a day, even if a somewhat more remote one, when it could be taken as the First Order of the Day? Before I sit down I should wish to make an appeal to hon. Members who have Motions on the Paper for to-morrow. I need scarcely say that I should be very unwilling in a matter which was merely personal to myself, to ask hon. Members to postpone their Motions for which, with some considerable difficulty, they have secured precedence; but I understand that the Resolutions which I have placed upon the Paper for to-morrow are of considerable interest to the House, and under these circumstances I hope that I am justified in appealing to hon. Members to allow my Motion to take precedence of theirs. Of course I can only ask them to do so in the event of its being the wish of the House that the discussion upon my Resolutions should be immediately taken; otherwise I am quite willing to take my chance of bringing them forward the same as any other ordinary private Menber. Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman at the head of the Government, in view of the importance of the subject, might be willing to use his influence to obtain precedence for my Motion. I understand that the Motion of the hon. Member for Derby is not likely to take much time, but that of the right hon. and gallant Baronet the Member for Stamford will lead to some debate. I do not know whether the hon. Member for Wexford is in the House; but I must appeal to him as well as to the other other hon. Members, in case it should be the general wish of the House that I should do so, to permit me to bring on my Motion at an early hour.


I quite agree, Sir, with the noble Lord that it is desirable that the Public Works Loan Acts Amendment Bill should be taken as the First Order of the Day, if possible; but, having made general inquiries on the subject, I find that it is impossible that I can pledge myself upon the point. It is absolutely necessary that we should proceed with our Irish Business without delay; and as it is, we shall be under the necessity of asking the House to meet again to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, in order that we may dispose of it. I quite admit the importance of the Resolutions which are to be proposed tomorrow by the noble Lord, and I will do anything I can to facilitate his bringing his Motion on at an early hour.