§ MR. GEDGE (Stockport)
It may be convenient to the House if I now state the course I propose to take with regard to the Resolution of which I have given Notice, on the subject of the Ballycore meeting on Sunday last. In consequence of the attacks made upon the Government in regard to their conduct on that occasion, and in view of the approaching termination of the Session, I thought it better that their hands should be strengthened in the administration of the law in Ireland by a definite Resolution approving of their conduct, rather than that an impromptu discussion, probably abortive, should arise on a Motion for the adjournment of the House; and, therefore, I gave Notice of the Resolution, which I intended to move as soon as I could obtain a proper opportunity. Now, however, circumstances have altered, because formal Notice has been given that the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Derby (Sir William Harcourt) intends, on Monday next, to raise the question in a proper form upon the second reading of the Appropriation Bill; and, therefore, as I have no doubt whatever that the manner in which the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Derby will introduce the subject to the House will be far more beneficial to the Government than any words of mine could be, I will withdraw my Motion.