§ SELECT COMMITTEE.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That Mr. Plunket, Mr. O'Neill, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Pinkerton, and Mr. T. W. Russell be Members of the Select Committee on the Bann Drainage Bill."—(Mr. Akers-Douglas.)
§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
Since I gave notice with respect to the nomination of the Committee, I understand that the Committee of Selection have exercised their functions and corrected the gross and offensive inequality of which I complained in the first nomination. As there will be three Irish Conservatives and three Irish Nationalists on the Committee, I think that is a proper and fair distribution, and will not oppose the Motion.
§ THE PATRONAGE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. AKERS-DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
With regard to my attitude in this matter, I may say that the Committee was struck in the usual way. The House appointed five and the Committee of Selection four Members. Only two Members were appointed from this side of the House, and I do not think the House will consider that is an undue proportion.
§ Question put, and agreed to.