HC Deb 21 July 1908 vol 192 c1734

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether in view of the differences of opinion existing in Ireland on the subject of the methods proposed by the Government to deal with tuberculosis, and in view of the fact that public opinion has not had time to express itself on this complicated and important subject, he will postpone the Committee stage of the Tuberculosis Bill until the autumn session.

MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford)

asked whether in view of the fact that there was a general desire that certain portions of the Bill should be adequately discussed, the right hon. Gentleman would consider the advisability of referring the Bill to a Grand Committee.


While I cannot agree that there is any serious difference of opinion in Ireland upon the subject of the Tuberculosis Prevention Bill, I feel that sufficient consideration could scarcely be given to it in Committee at the late hour which would be inevitable, having regard to the present state of business. I propose, therefore, to move for the discharge of the existing order for the Committee stage, and to reserve the Bill for consideration by a Grand Committee during the autumn sitting, when I have no doubt this very important and necessary measure will be carefully and yet speedily dealt with.