HC Deb 08 April 1895 vol 32 c1247

said, he trusted he might be allowed to lay on the Table of the House a Bill which created great interest in Scotland—the Crofters Bill—and that the House would consent that the Debate might be taken on the Second Reading.

MR. A. J. BALFOUR (Manchester, E.)

said, that when the Chancellor of the Exchequer interrupted his right hon. Friend across the Table and reminded him that twelve o'clock was approaching, his right hon. Friend brought his observations to a conclusion with a view of hearing some reply to the arguments which he had advanced. The right hon. Gentleman not having taken advantage of that concession, and having declined to make any reply at all, he did not think they were entitled to ask him to accept without any explanation the introduction of the Bill proposed by the Secretary for Scotland. Let the Secretary for Scotland give them the details of his Bill in the ordinary course, and then there would probably be no objection to the introduction of the Bill.

Bill ordered to be put down for tomorrow.