§ MR. RAIKES
asked, Whether the document that had appeared in that morning's papers, purporting to be the Government scheme, was genuine; and, if so, how it was that it had been communicated to the newspapers before being circulated to Members of the House?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EX-CHEQUER (Sir WILLIAM HARCOURT) (Derby)
, in reply, said, if the right hon. Gentleman had attended the first meeting of the Committee yesterday he would have got a copy of the proposed Rules, as other Members did. He (Sir William Harcourt) thought it was desirable that the public and the Members of the House not on the Committee should see these Rules; and, therefore, with the full assent and consent of the Committee, they were sent to the newspapers.