HL Deb 25 February 1847 vol 90 cc500-1

gave notice that he would, to-morrow evening, ask a question of the noble Marquess opposite—which he had intended to ask that evening—with respect to the course Her Majesty's Government intended to pursue as to the general business of the Session. They were now in the sixth week of the present Session of Parliament. Very general complaints had been made that at the commencement of each Session, and for some time after, their Lordships' House had no business of any sort or kind before them; but that at the end of the Session, when the Members were wearied and fatigued with their attendance, they were overwhelmed with the mass of business sent up to them. This complaint had been made Session after Session; but he never remembered one in which, in the middle of the sixth week, there was not one single Bill of any kind lying for the consideration of the House, and not one subject for discussion, except the notice which stood on the Paper for to-morrow in the name of the noble Lord behind him. He should also ask the nature of the duties intended to be performed by the Commission which had been recently appointed for the purpose of discharging some of the functions hitherto performed by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

House adjourned.