HC Deb 28 May 1883 vol 279 c981

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House will immediately resolve itself into the Committee of Supply."—(Mr. Gladstone.)


said, he wished to draw attention to the grave inconvenience caused by the Government not keeping a House on last Friday night. The Prime Minister that evening, in answer to the right hon. Baronet the Member for North Devon (Sir Stafford Northcote), had tried to throw the responsibility on the Opposition side of the House. But the right hon. Gentleman must see that they were not bound to keep a House to pass Government measures. He should have thought that it would have been a good opportunity, when the Conservative Benches were empty, for the Government to pass some of the pernicious measures which they wished to palm off upon the country. He trusted that they would not hear again of "veiled Obstruction."


wished to urge upon the Government the advisability of putting Supply on the Paper on Friday nights. He was quite certain that if there had been Votes of Supply to be discussed on Friday night some progress would have been made. He hoped the Government would adopt the practice of always putting Supply on the Paper on Fridays.