§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
Will the First Lord of the Treasury say when it is intended to proceed with the Indian Councils Bill?
§ MR. W. H. SMITH
I have received some information, but I do not know whether it is entirely correct, that the measure will not be opposed, as at one time it was feared that it would be. If it is possible to take it without opposition, it will be proceeded with on an early day.
§ MR. BRADLAUGH
When does the right hon. Gentleman propose to take the Second Reading of the Bill? He will, no doubt, bear in mind that I refrained from moving an Amendment to the Address 1304 upon the honourable understanding and almost distinct pledge that the question would be dealt with between Easter and Whitsuntide, This arrangement has been recognised over and over again across the floor of this House.
§ *MR. W. H. SMITH
I acknowledge the accuracy of the statement of the hon. Gentleman, but I am not able to say at this moment when the Second Reading will be taken. We are now in Committee of Supply, and as soon as I can see my way I will intimate to the hon. Gentleman when the Bill will be taken.