HC Deb 30 May 1892 vol 5 cc223-4
DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)

In view of the fact of the backward condition of Public Business, I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of the Treasury whether he intends to devote to-morrow, or to permit to-morrow to be devoted, to the consideration of the horse race which takes place on Wednesday, and whether the Government intend allowing the House to adjourn over Wednesday for the purpose of attending the said horse race?


I have no power to prevent the discussion of the Adjournment for the Derby, which by long custom has been allowed to precede all other business of the day. But I would point out to the hon. Member that if the Motion were carried the loss of time would not be connected in any way with Government Business. It would only affect two private Members' Bills.


On a point of Order, may I respectfully ask whether the notice of Amendment to the Motion put on the Paper by the hon. Member for Stockport (Mr. Sydney Gedge) is in order, and whether it can be discussed?


I should prefer to give my ruling when the question arises. But it appears to me that it is not in order on a Motion of that kind, which, for the convenience of the House, has a special precedence accorded to it, to move a "reasonable" Amendment, as a reason why the Motion should not be granted. It would be dragging the House into the discussion of a question utterly irrelevant to the subject, and it might lead to a long debate on a question of general morality not exclusively connected with the Derby Day.