HC Deb 15 August 1890 vol 348 cc1147-8
MR. BUCHANAN (Edinburgh, W.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the fact that 48 Votes in Supply were taken, for the most part without discussion, at a single Sitting on 13th August, the Government will arrange next Session that Supply shall be taken frequently and at fixed times throughout the Session, and that Members of the House may have an opportunity of discharging their Parliamentary duty of discussing grievances in Supply?


My right hon. Friend desires me to say that it is, of course, the wish of the Government to proceed with Supply as early in the Session as is possible; but I am not in a position to give the pledge suggested by the hon. Member, and I would wish to remind him that though eight days were devoted to Supply up to the Easter Recess, and 12 days in all up to the Whitsuntide Recess, the progress made was not at all commensurate with the time expended.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Chairman of Committees stated at Easter time, in addressing his constituents, that the progress made was very great?


I am giving to hon. Members the views of my right hon. Friend the leader of the House.