HC Deb 16 July 1883 vol 281 c1521

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, after the statement made by the Secretary of State for War, as to the alarming increase in the number of cases of contagious disease in Her Majesty's forces since the abolition of compulsory examination, he still adheres to his intention of endeavouring to pass this Session a Bill for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts?


I think the hon. and gallant Gentleman has not borne in mind the statement which I made on a previous day that the Government must take some further time to consider, with respect to the three Bills of importance, whether they would ask the House to proceed with them or not; and that I could not give any further intimation of the intentions of the Government with respect to these three Bills until we had got through the Committee on the Corrupt Practices Bill and made great progress with the Tenants' Compensation Bill. As soon as we are in that condition, we shall be prepared to answer this Question.


asked whether, in view of the alarming character of the information which had been given to the House, the Prime Minister intended to proceed with such a Bill?


said, it did not lead him to vary the answer he had already given.