HC Deb 24 March 1881 vol 259 c1815

asked the Lord Advocate, If he is aware by what means the Teinds Bill (Scotland) appeared at full-length in the "Scotsman" newspaper of Monday last, before it has been delivered to Members of the House?


The Bill was delivered to Members this morning. I can only repeat to the House the explanation which I have already given to the hon. Member for Buteshire privately. I had every reason to believe that the Bill to which he refers would have boon distributed to Members on Monday, the same day on which it appeared in the newspaper referred to; but by a mistake, as to which I shall not trouble the House, it was delayed for a few days. As my hon. Friend must be aware, a Bill that affects many interests, as this Bill does, must necessarily be communicated to many persons in draft before being presented to the House. I have, therefore, not thought it necessary to institute an inquiry as to the precise manner in which it got into the hands of the newspaper referred to.