Motion made, and Question proposed,
That, in the case of the Dublin Corporation Bill, returned by the House of Lords with Amendments, the Standing Orders be suspended, and that the Lords Amendments be now considered."—(Mr. Arthur Balfour.)
§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
I object to the Motion being taken now. I believe there was an understanding that it would be taken on Monday.
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN, Dublin University)
My only object is to provide that the Standing Order shall be suspended on Monday.
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
I was assured last night that no attempt would be made to proceed with the Motion to-day, and I was much surprised to hear the Motion which was made by the right hon. Gentleman. I was told distinctly last night that it was not to be taken.
§ MR. MADDEN
The apprehensions of the hon. Member are unfounded. I have had no opportunity of explaining why the Motion appears on the Paper to-day. It was placed on the Paper simply to enable my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to move that the Bill should be taken into consideration on Monday. There never was the slightest intention of taking the Bill to-day.
§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
I am afraid that the suspicions of the hon. Member for South Tyrone (Mr. T. W. Russell) have run away with him. 366 There is no intention of taking anybody by surprise. The only object in putting the Motion on the Paper was to secure that it should be taken on Monday. I wish to ask you, Sir, whether there is any danger whatever in the Motion, if fixed for Monday, being passed over on that day, and whether it would be an unchangeable order?
§ MR. SPEAKER
According to the Standing Order the Motion cannot, unless by arrangement, be postponed beyond Monday.
§ Objection being taken further proceeding stood adjourned till Monday next.