HC Deb 25 June 1888 vol 327 c1145
MR. SUMMERS (Huddersfield)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether there was any foundation for the statement that had appeared in the morning papers, to the effect that the Government intended to afford facilities for the discussion of the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors on Sunday Bill?

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

The hon. Gentleman gave me Notice of his Question as I came into the House. I have referred to the Order Book, and I find that the Bill to which the hon. Member refers stands on the Paper for Wednesday, 11th of July. Having regard to the great interest felt in the question in the country, and the excitement which has prevailed on the subject during the last few weeks, if the Bill is not reached on that day, I will endeavour to find an opportunity for the hon. Member (Mr. J. C. Stevenson) to take the judgment of the House upon it.

SIR WILFRID LAWSON (Cumberland, Cockermouth)

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, whether the Government intend to support the second reading of the Bill?


I hope the hon. Baronet will be content to wait for an answer to that Question until the Bill is reached.

MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)

Are we to understand that, if the second reading be passed, the Government will give further facilities?


No, Sir; I can undertake nothing of the kind.