§ Bill considered in Committee.
§ (In the Committee.)
§ [Mr. J. W. LOWTHER in the Chair.]1186
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That Clause 1 stand part of the Bill."
§ Whereupon Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Chairman do report Progress, and ask leave to sit again."—(Mr. James Lowther.)
§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
This Bill was read a second time a week ago, and I should like to ask when the Government will put down their Amendments to it.
THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
There is no unfairness in the course which the Government have taken. We do not think, so far as we are concerned, a Subsidiary Bill should be run by hon. Members and discussed by the House before the Bill of Her Majesty's Government.
§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
I fail to see any cogency in the argument of the right hon. Gentleman, or any agreement or connection between the Local Government Bill and this Bill. The House by an unanimous vote, and with the concurrence of the Government, passed the Second Reading of this measure. We have yet to see whether the Government Bill will command support. This Bill stands in a better position. It is the Bill of the whole House, and what we ask is whether the Government intend to allow this Bill to be blocked by their own supporters.
§ MR. MACARTNEY (Antrim, S.)
It is quite impossible for me to put down my Amendments until I see the print of the Local Government Bill. I am, therefore, obliged to ask hon. Members to defer the Bill for a few days longer.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY
We are quite willing to do that. What we complain of is the conduct of the Government.
§ Objection being taken to Further Proceeding, the Chairman left the Chair to make his Report to the House.1187
§ Committee report Progress; to sit again upon Friday.