HC Deb 17 April 1883 vol 278 c436

said, that a paragraph appeared in The Daily News, with every appearance of importance, to the effect that it was not the intention of the Government to treat the Oaths Bill as a question of confidence or no confidence. He wished to ask the Prime Minister if this were correct; and he addressed the Question to him, because it was generally understood that The Daily News was the only newspaper which the right hon. Gentleman found time to read?


As the noble Lord has put his Question only on the ground that The Daily News is the only newspaper that I ever find time to read, I think I hardly ought to answer the Question at all, because that supposition is erroneous. With regard to the particular paragraph, I apprehend it is a paragraph inserted like many other paragraphs in The Daily News and other papers, according to what is judged to be possible or probable, and upon information which is far from being infallible. I am not aware of any ground for this particular statement.