HC Deb 16 May 1879 vol 246 cc566-7

Order for Consideration, as amended, read.


, who had given Notice of his intention to propose the insertion of a clause, said, he had been informed that it was perfectly within his right to submit the clause, and that there were precedents for the course which he proposed to take. He certainly should not, however, have pursued that course if the promoters of the Bill had not raised technical objections against the Petitioners who represented the disfranchised classes of Belfast being heard before the Committee by whom the Bill had been considered upstairs. As he had already intimated, he believed that in taking this course he was perfectly within his right. At the same time, he was aware that if he were to move the clause of which he had given Notice it would give rise to considerable discussion in the House; and as the Government had fixed a Morning Sitting in order that the House might proceed with the consideration of a very important public measure, he felt that he would not be furthering the conduct of Public Business if he were to persist in moving the clause of which he had given Notice. In refraining from doing so, he desired to say that it was not because he did not feel that he should be able to convince the House that the proposition he wished to make was a reasonable and proper one, and also that he would have been supported by a large majority of the House. Under all the circumstances of the case, he did not intend to move the clause of which he had given Notice.

Bill, as amended, considered; to be read the third time.

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