§ MR. KENYON (Denbigh, &c.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury when the Land Transfer Bill is likely to be proceeded with?
§ MR. W. E. GLADSTONE
The House is aware that this Bill stands for Second Reading to-night, and, considering the remarkable concurrence of opinion among many important authorities both in this House and in the other House, I hope it will be allowed to pass through the stage of Second Reading. The hon. Member is well aware that the mortgages on the time of the House at the present moment are so heavy that we could not, without causing general inconvenience and dissatisfaction, displace the appointed business during the hours at the disposal of the Government. If the Bill is allowed to pass its Second Reading, as I sincerely hope it will, it would be well worth considering whether we might not secure a discussion of its principles without delay by referring it to the Grand Committee on Law.