HC Deb 25 July 1887 vol 317 c1896
MR. R. PRESTON BRUCE (Fifeshire, W.)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether it is the intention of the Government to proceed with any of the three important Bills which they have announced relating to Scotland—namely, the Secretary for Scotland Bill, the Universities Bill, and the Technical Instruction Bill, but which have not yet been introduced in either House of Parliament; and, whether, having regard to the late period of the Session, he can promise that any of these Bills which the Government still intend to press forward shall be introduced without further delay?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The hon. Gentleman asks me whether the Secretary for Scotland Bill will be shortly introduced. I have every reason to hope that it will be introduced in the House of Lords in the course of the present week. As regards the University Bill, there are some financial details which have caused some difficulty and delay in dealing with; but I trust they may be overcome in the course of the next few days. The Technical Education Bill, as my right hon. Friend the Vice President has said, will also be introduced very shortly.