HC Deb 09 May 1899 vol 71 c158
MR. SAMUEL SMITH (Flintshire)

I beg to ask the right hon. Gentleman, in accordance with a private notice I have sent to him, whether, in view of the immense interest felt in the Church Discipline Bill appointed for discussion to-morrow (Wednesday), and the certainty that many Members anxious to take part in the debate would be shut out by the half-past five rule, the right hon. Gentleman will agree to suspend the Wednesday rule.


I am convinced I should spread universal dismay through the House if I were to answer the question in the affirmative. It is evident that if a concession of that kind were made in regard to one Wednesday, then whenever a Bill exciting general interest, which is often the case, is down, a similar demand will be made, and I do not know at what period we might expect to separate.