§ SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE
I wish to put a Question to the right hon. Gentleman in regard to the order of Business. He was, unfortunately, not able to be present on Friday at the time the Motion was made by the Home Secretary, and Tuesdays were given to the Government without our having any information in regard to the various Bills before the House. Perhaps he will be able to tell us now, in the first place, what Business besides Supply will be taken to-night, and what to-morrow? Then we should like him to give us some information in regard to the Bills the Government intend to proceed with, and those they intend to abandon.
In regard to to-morrow, we propose to go forward with the debate on the London Government Bill. With regard to Thursday, according to an arrangement already made, that day will be taken for Supply on the Civil Service Estimates. I cannot yet say what will be done next Monday. In regard to the Bills as to which the right hon. Gentleman asked our intentions, there is a considerable number of those Bills, and they are of considerable interest and importance. I am not able to make a complete statement at the present moment; and, in fact, until after to-morrow I do not think that we can see our way to make a complete statement with regard to Public Business; but I will do my best to be in a condition on Thursday to make as complete a statement as possible with regard to the material Bills which are likely to give rise to any serious discussion.
I think the Revision of Jurors and Voters Lists (Dublin County) Bill will be taken if there should be time; but it is intended to turn the evening fully to account for the Army Estimates.
Will the right hon. Gentleman make such provision that the Business of Supply shall take precedence of questions of secondary importance, so that the scandal of last Session, when Supply was driven off to the close of the Session, may not be repeated?
That is a question which the hon. and learned Member may fairly raise on Thursday, if he be dissatisfied after hearing my statement.
No. I ought to say, however, though only to provide against an unlikely contingency, that, in the event of the Army Estimates being got through at an early hour, we shall be glad to go forward with the Universities (Scotland) Bill.