HC Deb 22 February 1887 vol 311 cc304-5
MR. HENEAGE (Great Grimsby)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether his attention has been called to the statement of the Marquess of Salisbury, in his letter to the Marquess of Bristol, to the effect that he did not anticipate any amelioration of the present agricultural depression from legislative action; whether in this letter the Marquess of Salisbury referred to any suggested imposition of Protective Duties on corn only; and, whether the Government have relinquished their intention of proposing legislation with regard to the urgent questions of the transfer and settlement of land, and the undue preference in the rates charged by railways in favour of foreign produce?

THE FIRST LORD (MR. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

My attention has been called to the letter of the Prime Minister by the Question of the right hon. Gentleman. As I have not seen the Marquess of Bristol's letter, to which it is an answer, I am quite unable to say what suggestions it contains; but it is the intention of the Govern- ment, as announced in Her Majesty's Speech, to propose legislation to Parliament on the subjects mentioned by the right hon. Gentleman.