§ MR. HOLLAND (Salford, N.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the exceptional circumstances of the present Session, Her Majesty's Government will consider the possibility of proposing a Resolution carrying over until next Session such Bills as still remain on the Order Book and have been read a second time by large majorities after full debate?
§ MR. W. E. GLADSTONE
I cannot hold out to my hon. Friend any hope that we shall be able to adopt the measure to which he points. No doubt it is a great pity that the labour of this House should appear to be wasted, but I think if any Bill ought to be made the subject of exceptional treatment it should be a Bill mentioned in the Speech from the Throne. But we have already renounced that claim for those Bills, and, I think, with the approval of the House; and that being so, it would hardly be consistent to put it forward with regard to private Members' Bills.