§ SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE (Exeter)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what business Her Majesty's Government propose to proceed with on Thursday, 21st May, and Monday, 25th May?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's Hanover Square
If the Committee stage of the Land Purchase Bill is concluded before Whitsuntide, the Government propose to take Supply on Thursday, the 21st inst. If it should unfortunately happen that the Committee stage of the Land Purchase Bill is not concluded before Whitsuntide, then the Government will take the Land Purchase Bill on the 21st inst.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
May I remind the right hon. Gentleman that the proposed four 'days' Recess will give Irish Members but little time for their holiday? I would appeal to him to put down some Government Business other than the Land Purchase Bill on the two days following the Recess?
§ MR. GOSCHEN
The First Lord of the Treasury is always anxious to consult the convenience of hon. Members. The Government sincerely hope, and they have reason to believe, that the Committee stage of the Land Purchase Bill will be concluded before Whitsuntide, and that, therefore, the disagreeable alternative of taking that Bill on Thursday, the 21st, will not arise.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY
I say that any attempt that is made to worry hon. Members in this way—[Cries of "Order!"]