§ MR. GOSCHEN
observed, that the consideration of the Lords' Amendments to the Poor Law Amendment Act (1876) Amendment Bill was down for that 856 evening. In the absence of the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Mr. Mellor), who had charge of the Bill, he asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he would use his influence with the hon. Member not to bring on the Bill at an hour when it could not be fairly and reasonably discussed? The divisions which took place in the House of Lords clearly showed it to be necessary that the Amendments should receive fair discussion in that House.
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH
, in reply, said, that he could give no pledge on behalf of his hon. Friend the Member for Ashton-under-Lyne; but, having heard nothing from him, he certainly should not expect the Bill would be brought on that night.