HC Deb 23 February 1899 vol 67 cc423-4

Adjourned Debate on motion for the appointment of a Select Committee.


The honourable Member for Bethnal Green has an Instruction down upon the Paper, but I would remind him of the fact that the Committee has already had one meeting, and he did not oppose the appointment of the Committee last year. I hope my honourable Friend, therefore, will not press his Amendment, the effect of whim will be to defer the matter to some indefinite period.


No doubt what the honourable Gentleman has said is perfectly true. I did not oppose the motion at the end of last Session, because it was perfectly obvious that the Committee could not then have proceeded, but now it is most important that the terms of the reference should be carefully scrutinised, and I do feel that the terms of the reference which the honourable Gentleman has put down are not only likely to be nugatory, but may be possibly injurious. I have, therefore, put down the Instruction which was passed by the conference which considered this matter. Under these circumstances I must insist upon my intention to take the sense of the House.

Debate further adjourned till Thursday next.