HC Deb 04 March 1878 vol 238 c722

Order for Committee read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That Mr. Speaker do now leave the Chair."—{Mr. Attorney General for Ireland.)


asked the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Attorney General for Ireland (Mr. Gibson) what course he proposed to take with regard to it? For his own part, he thought it advisable that it should be postponed until a whole evening could be devoted to its discussion. It was most inconveniont to Irish Members to have to come down to the House night after night lest it might be brought on in their absence.


said, he was fully alive to the existence of the inconvenience to which the hon. Member referred; and, to prevent it as far as possible, he would now fix the Order for going into Committee on the Bill for that day fortnight, as consistently with the other engagements for the transaction of Government Business, it could not be taken before that day.


hoped ample time would be given for discussing the details of the Bill whenever it came on. MR. GRAY thought a full opportunity should be afforded for discussing the principle of the Bill on the Motion for going into Committee.


said, it was impossible in the present state of Public Business to say absolutely when the Bill would be taken. What he proposed was that it should be postponed for a fortnight, and he would take care that due Notice was given when it was intended to proceed with it in Committee.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Committee deferred till Monday 18th March.