HC Deb 28 January 1886 vol 302 cc532-3

Mr. Speaker, I have to inform the House that, in consequence of the vote at which this House arrived on Tuesday, Her Majesty's Ministers, at their meeting yesterday, have deemed it their duty to address a communication to Her Majesty, of the precise nature of which it is not at present proper for me to inform the House; but, as the result of that communication, my noble Friend (the Marquess of Salisbury) has received Her Majesty's commands to attend at Osborne, and he has gone there to-day. It is not possible for me to make, at present, any more definite announcement; and it is not likely that I shall be able to do so tomorrow. Therefore, I shall conclude with a Motion that this House, at its rising, do adjourn until Monday. Of course, Sir, in circumstances such as those in which we are now placed, it has been, I believe, almost the invariable custom that ordinary Business should not be proceeded with. I think it will be obvious to the House that we are not at present in a position either to be responsible for the conduct of that Business, or to give any satisfactory or sufficient answers to questions that might be asked as to the views or intentions of the Government. And therefore, Sir, although this is a matter purely for the consideration and determination of the House, if the House should accept the Motion which I shall make, I shall afterwards propose that the House do immediately adjourn. I beg to move that this House, at its rising, do adjourn until Monday next.

Question, "That this House, at its rising, do adjourn till Monday next,"—(Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer,)—put, and agreed to.


I beg to move that this House do now adjourn.

Question, "That this House do now adjourn,"—(Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer,)—put, and agreed to.

House adjourned accordingly at half after Four o'clock till Monday next.