Motion made, and Question proposed,
That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £15,000, be granted to Her Majesty, to defray the Charge for Additional Expenditure for the Service of the Ordnance Factories, which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1890.
I really must object to this. The Government have already had a great deal of money, and I do not think it is reasonable that we should go any further to-night.
§ * MR. E. STANHOPE
It is only a Supplementary Vote, and it must be taken within the financial year.
§ DR. TANNER
A very large sum of money has already been voted, and with the very large proportion of time the First Lord has taken for the use of the Government, I do not think it is reasonable that we should be asked to vote any more to-night.
§ * THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH,) Strand, Westminster
It is simply this, the Vote must be taken before the end of the financial year, and if it is taken to-night I hope that it will not be necessary to trench any further on the time of private Members.
§ DR. TANNER
But will the right hon. Gentleman give us the assurance that there shall be no further trenching upon the time of Members if the Vote is taken?
§ * MR. W. H. SMITH
I will not make any specific promise; but I can only say that the necessity is less likely to arise if the Vote is taken to-night.
I must protest against Votes being taken under pressure and such threats as this. It is not a Vote we can dispose of without discussion
§ It being midnight, the Chairman left the Chair to make his Report to the House.
§ Resolutions to be reported to-morrow
§ Committee also report Progress; to sit again to-morrow.