HC Deb 31 August 1886 vol 308 cc897-8
MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W., and Sligo, S.)

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether in case the debate on the Address should be in progress at 12 o'clock to-night the Government would move the adjournment of the debate, in order to allow the House to proceed with the consideration of the Disturbances at Belfast Inquiry Bill? He might add that it was not necessary for him to ask the noble Lord a Question, of which he had given him private Notice.


In reply to the hon. Member, I have to remind him that when the Government gave Notice of their intention to introduce this Bill, they stated that it would not be in their power to press the Bill if it was met with anything like a sustained opposi- tion. With regard to the Question which he has now immediately put to me, I have to say that the Government will certainly not interrupt the proceedings on the Address in order to bring on this Bill. They consider the proceedings on the Address are of the first importance, and that there is nothing whatever in the contents of the Bill of a nature to warrant hon. Members to place Notice of opposition against it, which would prevent it coming on after half-past 12 o'clock at night.