HC Deb 06 March 1905 vol 142 cc527-8

moved that the House do now adjourn.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."

MR. RUNCIMAN (Dewsbury)

said he wished to ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury a question as to the position of affairs in the Irish Office during the last two days. He would remind the right hon. Gentleman that the Prime Minister had told the House that afternoon that he had had the resignation of the late Chief Secretary for Ireland in his hands for some days past, while the right hon. Gentleman had told the House on Thursday last week that the right hon. Member for Dover had not tendered his resignation. He asked the right hon. Gentleman if he had any communication to make in regard to filling the vacant office of Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant. He pointed out the desirability of making this announcement rather to the House than to the public Press.

MR. McKENNA (Monmouthshire, N.)

said he wished to ask also whether there was any truth in the rumour that Lord Dudley had likewise resigned.

MR. DALZIEL (Kirkcaldy Burghs)

Are there any other resignations?


said he did not think he could be expected to give any answer to the question put from below the gangway opposite affecting the resignation of a Minister. [OPPOSITION cries of "Why?"] Last week it had been put to him whether any resignation had been accepted. [OPPOSITION cries of "No, 'tendered.'"] He was not aware that the resignation had been tendered. He was only aware of what the House already knew.

Adjourned at eight minutes after Twelve o'clock.