HC Deb 16 March 1883 vol 277 cc700-1

said, he understood the Secretary of State for War to state on the previous day that the only Bills which the Government intended to bring in before Easter were the Bankruptcy Bill and two legal Bills. He wished to ask whether they adhered to that statement, or whether they proposed bringing in a Parliamentary Elections and Corrupt Practices Bill, seeing it was down as the second Order that evening?


said, the Government had already stated that they were very anxious to get the second reading of certain important measures before Easter. It was not possible for them to say absolutely which of those second readings they would take, because they did not know how long it might be the pleasure of the House, or of individual Members, to discuss each second reading; and their intention was, if they could, to obtain the second reading of those four important Bills, on the principle of which they believed the House would be agreed, provided the convenience of the House and of hon. Members would allow of the transaction of so much Business in the time that was at their disposal. That was the only explanation he could give.


asked whether there would be a Morning Sitting on Tuesday next?


asked what arrangements would be made for the resumption of the Transvaal debate in the event of its not being concluded in the course of the present Sitting?


said, he believed it would be advantageous to hon. Members generally to have a Morning Sitting on Tuesday, and, therefore, proposed that course for the acceptance of the House. With regard to the Question of the noble Lord the Member for Woodstock, he would rather wait a little before giving a definite answer, the matter being considerably complicated by the presence of more than one Amendment upon the Paper.