§ SIR G. CAMPBELL (Kirkcaldy, &c)
asked the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Government would consent to a General Purposes Grand Committee, to which Bills not referable to the Law or Trade Committees may be referred if the House so pleases?
§ *MR. W. H. SMITH
The Government think that it is not desirable that such a Committee should be constituted. I am under the impression that the existing Standing Committees are capable of taking any Bills which the Government might think it desirable to refer to them. It would be undesirable also that such a Standing Committee should be constituted, thus withdrawing hon. Members from the House for that purpose, and adding to their duties.
§ SIR G. CAMPBELL
I beg to give notice that I will take an early opportunity of calling the attention of the House to the extremely miserable result of the present system of Grand Committees, and the need for the further extension of the system.