§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House, at its rising, do adjourn till Thursday next."—(Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer.)
§ (6.55.) MR. SEXTON
I beg to move, as an Amendment, that the House, at its rising, adjourn till Monday next. A holiday to Members of this House to be of any use should be of a reasonable duration. No cause whatever has been shown why hon. Members who for the last month have worked so hard in Committee on the Land Purchase Bill should not have a reasonable holiday. If we are to be put off with a paltry holiday of four days which is almost worse than useless it would be much better that we should take no holiday at all.
§ Amendment proposed, to leave out the word "Thursday," and insert the word "Monday."—(Mr. Sexton.)
§ Question proposed, "That the word 'Thursday' stand part of the Question."
§ MR. GOSCHEN
The Government cannot accept the Amendment of the hon. Member. Nearly all the Members of the House have made their arrangements for a holiday, and for the House to meet on Whit Monday would be a course that has never been taken before. Moreover, as the Land Purchase Bill has been put down for next Thursday it could not be discussed on Monday next, even if we were to meet on that day.
§ (7.0.) The House divided: — Ayes 100; Noes 38.—(Div. List, No. 237.)
§ Main Question put, and agreed to.
§ Resolved, That this House, at its rising, do adjourn till Thursday next.
§ House adjourned at ten minutes after Seven o'clock till Thursday, 21st May.