HC Deb 21 July 1898 vol 62 cc660-1

I wish to ask the permission of the House to make a personal explanation with reference to a statement which appears in to-day's Standard, to the effect that I intend to oppose the Evidence in Criminal Cases Bill on the Report stage, and have declared that I will carry on the struggle through an all-night sitting. I wish to say at once that that statement by the Standard is absolutely false and unfounded. I have made no such declaration, and have not even conceived such a thought. Indeed, I imagine that if the Government show a generous disposition with regard to Amendments, the Bill can be disposed of early. I should have taken no notice whatever of the statement in the newspaper, which I have observed is so often remarkable for the inaccuracy of its statements, had I not conceived that the First Lord of the Treasury or the Attorney General might possibly have read the paragraph—


Order, order! The honourable Member is utilising the occasion for something more than a personal explanation. I am sure the House will accept his statement.