HC Deb 12 July 1888 vol 328 cc1100-1
MR. HOBHOUSE (Somerset, E.)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, as an alternative to unduly prolonging the present Session, the Government will consider the advisability of passing a Sessional Order at the commencement of next Session, reviving and giving precedence to those Bills which have, in this Session, passed the Committee stage, either in the Whole House or in a Grand Committee, so as to ensure measures, the details of which have been fully discussed, being passed into law without having to be re-introduced and re-discussed in all their stages next year?

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

The suggestion of the hon. and learned Member is one which involves a very serious Constitutional change in the practice of Parliament; and I am unable, therefore, to give him any engagement that, under the pressure of a present difficulty, the Government will propose an entirely new departure from the existing system.