§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
The right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of the Treasury has stated that contentious Bills will not be proceeded with. Irish Members are opposed to the Custody of Children Bill, which has come down from the Lords. Is it intended to proceed with it?
§ MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is a Bill in which a large number of persons take a great interest, as well as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
§ MR. W. H. SMITH
I know that that is the case; but Members are aware that I have given a promise that I will not proceed with contentious Bills, and I am bound by that pledge, much as I regret that hon. Members should deem it right to oppose the Bill.