HC Deb 09 March 1886 vol 303 cc304-5

I rise, Sir, to make the usual Motion with reference to Ash Wednesday. I beg to move that this House do meet to-morrow at 2 of the clock.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House will meet To-morrow at Two of the clock."—(Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer.)

SIR JOSEPH PEASE (Durham, Barnard Castle)

asked his right hon. Friend whether there was really any necessity to make this Motion? To-morrow the first Order of the Day was a Bill relating to local government, which would probably not take long. The next Bill on the Paper was one in which the House, and especially the English Members, took a good deal of interest. It related to Sunday Closing. In order to give more time for the discussion of that measure, he hoped his right hon. Friend would withdraw his Motion, and allow the House to meet at the usual hour.

Question put.

The House divided:—Ayes 156; Noes 82: Majority 74.—(Div. List, No. 23.)

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