HC Deb 08 August 1878 vol 242 c1530

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, when he proposed to consider the Indian Budget, on Tuesday next, he had taken into consideration the fact that many Members of the House had made arrangements to be present at the Naval Review on that day; and, whether he will take the Committee on a day more convenient to the majority of Members?


I do not know whether I am to infer from the Question that we are not likely to have an attendance on the day named. If so, it will affect other Business besides the Indian Budget. I am afraid at this period of the year we could not think of adjourning over the day, and, on the whole, I think the best arrangement is that we have proposed. We have already had a great deal of discussion on Indian finance this Session. It is, of course, a very important subject, and I have no doubt many hon. Members will forego the pleasure of seeing the Naval Review in order to take part in its consideration. I am sorry if we interfere with any hon. Gentleman who wants to go to the Review, but at present I am afraid I cannot propose any other arrangement.

In reply to Mr. FAWCETT,


said, the Indian Budget would be the first Order of the Day on Tuesday next, unless it were necessary to put some formal Business before it.