HC Deb 30 March 1882 vol 268 c294

asked the honourable Member for Harwich, If he will take immediate steps to bring before the House his Motion relating to the Hall of Science, Old Street, or otherwise remove the same at once from amongst the Notices of Motions, seeing that the terms of the Notice contain grave insinuations against the characters of several persons, viz., Doctor Edward A. Aveling, Mrs. Besant, and the daughters of Charles Bradlaugh, esquire, junior Member for Northampton?


Sir, in reply to the former part of the hon. Member's Question, I beg to say that I have been waiting for an opportunity when the House shall be delivered from the obstructive Resolutions which are constantly before it, and shall have resumed its ordinary position. I do intend to bring forward the Motion of which I have given Notice after Easter, and to ballot for a day with that view. In reply to the latter part of the Question, I cannot admit that my Motion contains any insinuations to damage the characters of the individuals referred to compared with their own connection with an infamous and blasphemous publication which advocates, week by week, the abominable doctrines of Atheism and Malthusianism and the disloyal principle of Republicanism.