HC Deb 10 February 1881 vol 258 c489

asked Mr. Attorney General, If, considering the state of public business and the necessity for early legislation on the subject, he will consent to refer the Corrupt Practices Bill to a Select Committee, in order that the opinion of the Barristers engaged on Election Commissions maybe considered, and a decision arrived at this Session?


Sir, I am afraid it will be a considerable time before the Motion can be made for the second reading of the Corrupt Practices Bill; but when it is brought forward, the House will have an opportunity of considering any proposal for referring the Bill to a Select Committee. For my own part, I see no advantage to be derived from a Select Committee. The question is one on which I think it would be well for the Whole House to express an opinion.