§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ (2.35.) Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Debate be now adjourned."—(Mr. Sexton.)
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (SIR R. WEBSTER, Isle of Wight)
This is simply a Bill to continue Acts which must be continued; it is a purely formal Bill, as hon. Gentlemen know, and effective discussion can only take place on the Schedule.
§ COLONEL NOLAN (Galway, N.)
We have just decided by a Division that it is too late to go on with business; and, therefore, I do not think it is respectful to hon. Members to ask them to sit longer. I think that under the circumstances I would be quite justified in moving that the House do now adjourn.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN, St. George's, Hanover Square)
Surely the hon. and gallant Gentleman will see there are several Bills on the Paper which are non-contentious, and which might very properly be taken even at this hour. I trust hon. Gentlemen will allow us to make progress with those Bills, which are not controversial.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
Where are all the godly men who supported the Government in the last Division? They have gone home to their beds. We are here, and we are going to remain here; and with regard to every Bill on the Paper, we will give the Government fits. We have been treated, as we consider, in a most unfair manner in respect to the Training Colleges Bill, because of the objection two or three Orangemen entertain to the Bill. I object to making progress at this hour of the morning with the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill, which contains 25 measures that are highly contentious and debatable. If hon. Gentlemen opposite really desire to make progress with legislation they must adopt the principle of give and take.
§ MR. GOSCHEN
As you, Sir, have to be in the Chair at 3 o'clock, and seeing that it is impossible to make further progress with business to-night, I will not offer any opposition to the Motion.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Debate adjourned till to-morrow.
§ Motion made, and Question, "That this House do now adjourn,"—(MR. Chancellor of the Exchequer,)—put, and; agreed to.
§ House adjourned at twenty minutes before Three o'clock.