HC Deb 20 April 1893 vol 11 c780

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he is aware that, up to and including yesterday, only 39 opponents of the Government of Ireland Bill have spoken, and 36 in its favour; whether he is aware that a great number of opponents of the Bill still desire to speak, and have been trying unsuccessfully to do so every day since the 6th inst.; and whether, under these circumstances, and to avoid a very late Sitting on the application for the Closure on Friday, he will postpone the Division till Tuesday next?


I cannot concur in the argument which is implied in the question. I do not think it will be thought that the Government have used unreasonable efforts to contract this Debate. The only additional assistance we can give would be that I propose to-morrow to move the suspension of the Twelve o'Clock Rule.