HC Deb 20 February 1900 vol 79 cc578-9
MR. PROVAND () Glasgow, Blackfriars

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he adheres to the statement made to Parliament by the Under Secretary of his department on 15th March, 1899, when he informed the House that the Government had decided to deal with the questions of dangerous lamps and oils, and that their Bill had long been in preparation and was in a forward state; and whether he will inform the House when he intends to carry out the decision of the Government arrived at a year ago.


I have nothing to add to the answer I gave the hon. Gentleman the other night.* It is quite true we have a Bill dealing with the question, which is a highly controversial one, but I do not think the present a favourable opportunity for introducing it.


Does the right hon. Gentleman adhere to his decision to deal with this question at some future date? *See page 82 of this volume.


I can give no further promise. I have admitted it is desirable to deal with it, but at the present moment I cannot see my way to bringing in a Bill.