HC Deb 06 August 1888 vol 329 c1724

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If he can explain why, after the Small Holdings Committee was appointed on the Motion of the Government, no steps have been taken to call it together, and enable it to decide whether it is to meet in the autumn or to attempt to do anything in the present Session of Parliament; if steps will now be taken to bring together the Members of the Committee; and, with whom it rests to take the initiative?

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

The Small Holdings Committee was appointed at such a late date in the Session that it was useless for them to meet for the examination of witnesses; but I am informed that the Committee will meet this week for the appointment of a Chairman.