§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. B. GLADSTONE) (Edinburgh, MidLothian)
I wish to say, with regard to the course of Business, that if the Committee on the Crofters Bill should not be closed this evening we shall proceed with it on Thursday. But if, as I hope is possible, it should be closed this evening, we should propose to proceed with Supply as the first Order on Thursday; and as the Report on the Crofters Bill would probably not take much time we should leave off Supply at an early hour to take that Report, and after that redeem the pledge we have given on the Sunday Closing Bill. On a former evening I said that I would give to-day the terms of the Motion with regard to Ireland. They will be for leave to bring in a Bill to amend the provisions for the future government of Ireland. That will be on the 8th. On the 12th, so far as depends on the Government, I will give further information, if I can, as to the course of Business; but on that day my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposes to produce the Budget; and on the 15th I shall propose to ask leave to bring in a Bill to make amended provision for the sale and purchase of land in Ireland.