said, the report of the Committee of Secrecy being upon the table, he now presented a bill for continuing the power to his majesty of securing and detaining in custody persons charged with conspiring against his majesty's person and government. Their lordships might be assured that this bill was only brought forward under the full conviction of its indispensable and urgent necessity. The ground of the measure he reserved stating till Monday, when he proposed to move the second reading of the bill.
§ Earl Grey
said, that following the example of the noble viscount, he also should reserve till Monday the reasons upon which he founded his opinion in direct contradiction to that of the noble viscount as from all that he had seen or heard, he was satisfied there was no necessity whatever for the continuance of a measure for suspending the rights and liberties of the people of England.
§ The bill was read a first time.