HC Deb 05 April 1886 vol 304 c760

asked the Prime Minister, Whether, considering the importance of the Crofters Bill, the right hon. Gentleman could see his way to recommend a Morning Sitting on Tuesday, if it were necessary for facilitating the progress of the Bill?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. E. GLADSTONE) (Edinburgh, Mid Lothian)

I sympathize very much with my noble Friend; but, at the same time, we could not have a Morning Sitting to-morrow without the general assent of the House. I believe the subjects standing for to-morrow evening are favourable to it. I venture to hope the Crofters Bill may go through Committee to-night; but if it should not get through, but should, at the same time, come so near its completion in Committee that there would be a probability of finishing it to-morrow, then I think my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate might very properly consult the general feeling of the House, and, if Members were agreeable, put down the Bill for a Morning Sitting.