§ * THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
I think it may be convenient for the House if I state the course I propose to take in reference to the question of privilege which was raised early this evening. I intended, as I stated to the House, to ask the House to postpone consideration of the question until the Committee had decided other parts of the subject which are before them at present. I understood that was the desire of the whole of the Committee, with the exception of the hon. Member for Northamptonshire (Mr. Channing); therefore, I was not a little astonished when two Members of the Committee, the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Bridgeton Division (Sir G. Trevelyan) and the hon. Member for Newington (Mr. Radcliffe Cooke), expressed a contrary opinion in the short conversation which followed. Since then I have communicated with other Members of the Committee, and I understand it is their wish that this matter should be dealt with as soon as possible. I wish, therefore, acting as their Chairman, to give Notice that it is my intention to call the attention of the House to the subject as a question of privilege tomorrow.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ House adjourned at twenty minutes after Twelve o'clock.