HC Deb 26 March 1897 vol 47 c1442

asked the First Lord of the Treasury why, in arranging Votes on Account the Vote for the Local Government Board for England No. 16 in Clause 2 was placed first?


Perhaps the hon. Member will remember that last year, to the universal satisfaction of the House, it was agreed that the Vote on Account should be divided, and that an evening should not be squandered in discussing the comparatively trivial matters which arise on Clause 1. The special application of that principle which I have made this year is based on demands made in all quarters of the House. While last year the discussion of the Votes was, on the whole satisfactory, the Votes which came in for the least discussion were those relating to the great administrative Departments. For this reason I put down three Votes before the others, hoping to satisfy a general demand made on both sides of the House, and thereby to expedite business.