§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
I think we are entitled to complain of the extraordinary delay that has taken place in the circulation of the Irish Local Government Bill. Several days have passed since the Bill was read a first time, and we were led to expect it would be- in our hands before this. There are rumours that the Bill will appear in a shape different from that in which it was presented to the House, and on that point perhaps the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Board of Trade, whom I see in his place, will give us some information. In regard to the Corporation of Belfast, there is standing for consideration on Friday next a Bill which proposes to give special powers in relation to a matter which is to be dealt with as a matter of general law by the Local Government Bill, and, therefore, it is absolutely necessary that the latter Bill should be circulated among Members to-morrow.
§ (5.45.) THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH, Bristol, W.)
I would strongly advise the hon. Member not to believe in the rumours to which he has alluded. As to the date when the Local Government Bill was to be circulated, if I remember rightly, the Leader of the House said he hoped it would be ready on Thursday.
§ MR. SEXTON
No; early in the week.
§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS BEACH
The last time my right hon. Friend gave an answer on the subject, I think Thursday was the date named; however, I will convey to my right hon. Friend what the hon. Member has said, and I am sure he will be glad to have the Bill circulated as soon as possible.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ House adjourned at a quarter before Six o'clock.