HC Deb 11 August 1887 vol 319 c58

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he is aware that the Rating of Machinery Bill excites much interest in the manufacturing districts of Lancashire; whether the Government can give any facilities for dealing with it this Session; and, whether they intend, in a subsequent Session, to take up the subject themselves?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

I am aware that the Bill excites much interest in Lancashire; but I think my hon. Friend will also admit that it excites much opposition. To say the least of it, there is a great difference of opinion on the subject. Under these circumstances, if the Government had time to spare there would be very little chance of the Bill passing this Session, and the Government have no time to give for such a purpose. With reference to what will be done in a subsequent Session, I am sure my hon. Friend will understand it is not in my power to make any statement.