HC Deb 02 April 1878 vol 239 cc474-5

Order for Second Beading read.


in moving that the Bill be now read a second time, said, that he had endeavoured to meet the objections which were made to the measure as it was framed last year, and, therefore, he hoped the Government would allow it to pass.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. Parnell.)


said, the Bill had been slightly modified since last year; but, even in its present shape, it was open to the substantial objection then taken. Under the arrangements which were made in the Irish Church Act for the sale of the lands of the occupying tenants, a very considerable number was already disposed of—from two-thirds to three-fourths; but he had not the figures then with him—to the occupying tenants—and it was rather a startling proposition to bring in a Bill like this to deal with the remainder under entirely new conditions.

Notice taken, that 40 Members were not present; House counted, and 40 Members not being present,

House adjourned at half after Twelve o'clock.