HC Deb 08 June 1888 vol 326 c1544

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in view of the great anxiety felt by the agricultural community in the question of the creation of an Agricultural Department, the long promised Bill for the creation of the same may be introduced without further delay?

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

I am well aware of the anxiety which is felt in this House that this measure should be introduced as soon as possible. The Business before this House is already so great that the Government are considering whether it would not be possible to introduce the Agricultural Bill in the other house. The difficulty in the way of such a course of procedure is that the Bill deals with financial questions; but this difficulty might be outweighed by the advantage of letting the country know at once the lines on which the Government propose to deal with the question.