§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir J. GORST,) Chatham
I am afraid I cannot consent to this without some further consideration. The preparation of the Return will be very expensive. Perhaps the hon. Member will give me a day or two to look into the matter?
§ MR. SEXTON
This is a somewhat strange proceeding. The Return is in relation to the National Education of Ireland; it concerns the Department of the Chief Secretary, and he, the Minister responsible, has stated that he has no objection to the Return. I am extremely surprised at the right hon. Gentleman's interposition now.
§ SIR J. GORST
I did not understand that my right hon. Friend had no objection to the Return. At any rate, I cannot let the Motion pass without some further converse with him.
§ MR. SEXTON
The right hon. Gentleman distinctly stated that he would raise no objection, but he observed that the Return would take a long time to prepare, and probably would not be ready in time for the discussion of the Education Bill. But he certainly said he had no objection to giving the Return. I certainly think the organisation on the Treasury Bench must be defective when the Secretary refuses what a 1865 Minister has accepted. I will renew my Motion to-day.