HC Deb 16 November 1882 vol 274 cc1556-7

May I detain the House for one minute with a personal explanation? I regret extremely that I was unavoidably absent from the House yesterday morning. I wish to state that, upon reading the account of the debate, it appeared to me that, by some remarks that I made on a previous occasion with regard to the communications that passed between myself and the late Chairman of Committees (Mr. Raikes), I must have conveyed to the minds of hon. Members present an impression I had no intention whatever of conveying, and which I here state cannot be supported by facts. By my remarks I intended solely to refer to what might occur between the official Whip of the future and the Chairman of Committees in the future if the powers under the Resolution I was discussing were given to the Chairman of the day.