HC Deb 13 April 1885 vol 296 cc1467-8

said, he wished to make an appeal to the Prime Minister in regard to the Business of that evening. He observed that the first Notice of Motion on the Paper referred to an important question dealing with the Elementary Education Revised Code, 1885. There were no fewer than four Motions on that question. The last day before which this Statute became law expired on Thursday next, and unless a discussion upon it took place that evening, he was afraid it would be impossible to find another opportunity. He hoped the Prime Minister would arrange that whatever Business was before the House would be suspended at 11 o'clock in order that the discussion might be taken.


said, he thought there was a good deal of force in what had been said by the hon. Member; but he was afraid sufficient attention had not been given to the difficulty in which the Government stood. If the Government had absolute control of the Business of the evening, they would have asked the House at half-past 11 o'clock, when he hoped and expected they would be in Committee on the Parliamentary Elections (Redistribution) Bill, to report Progress and allow his hon. Friend the Member for Oxford University to bring forward his Motion. But there were no fewer than six Private Bills, over which the Government had no control whatever; and unless these were got rid of, he could not see how it would be possible for the Government to facilitate the discussion.