HL Deb 15 May 1840 vol 54 cc119-20

Counsel having been further heard against the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Bill, and having withdrawn,

Viscount Melbourne

wished to ask whether there were any objection to the House then going into Committee upon the bill?

The Duke of Wellington

said, he had the strongest objection. He could not consent to go into Committee without a discussion in a full House, nor till he saw what was meant to be done upon the subject of another measure, which might be considered as part of this bill, and which was not yet before their Lordships. He told the noble Viscount that he could not consent to go into Committee until this other measure was before the House, and it was really known what the intention of her Majesty's Government was upon the subject.

Viscount Melbourne

said, then he should propose next Friday for going into Committee, by which time the other bill would be before the House.

The Earl of Glengall

thought it most important that the bill now before the other House of Parliament for the abolition of the grand jury cess in several great towns of Ireland should come before their Lordships before they went into Committee upon the present bill.

The Marquess of Westmeath

could not suffer the House to adjourn without expressing his gratification that the bill was not to be hastily proceeded with, for he felt confident that the continuance or the dissolution of the connexion of Great Britain and Ireland depended upon their Lordships' considering and discussing the provisions of this important measure in a cool, calm, and deliberate manner.

Viscount Melbourne

would on Friday next move that the House go into Committee upon the bill.