§ Resolution [March 27] reported, and agreed to.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That leave be given to bring in a Bill upon the said Eesolution."—(Mr. Chan? cellar of the Exchequer.)
SIR E. ASSHETON CROSS
said, he had no objection to the Motion for leave to bring in a Bill, which was a mere matter of form; but he would like to say a word or two upon another matter which was of very great importance. The Prime Minister had stated that he wished to obtain a definitive vote from the House upon the question of the loan before the Easter Recess. He had now obtained that vote, and he (Sir E. Assheton Cross) now wished to appeal to the Government, when the Bill founded upon the Resolution was brought in, not to press it to any further stage until such time as the House might reasonably be expected to be full of Members. He understood that the Government proposed that the second reading should be taken on Thursday week, the day on which the House would re-assemble after Easter. That he thought would be a very unsatisfactory arrangement.
§ Notice taken, that 40 Members were not present; House counted, and 40 Members not being present,
§ House adjourned at Two o'clock.