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?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir HENRY JAMES)
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.