HL Deb 13 May 1864 vol 175 c437

stated that he had within the last half hour had placed in his hands a copy of the Return containing the answers given by the County Court Judges to questions on the subject of imprisonment for debt; and he could not help thinking that Return ought to have been laid on the table before the Bill of his noble and learned Friend had been introduced. But as the information contained in this paper was of a most important character, their Lordships were certainly not in a condition to deal with the Bill until they had made themselves masters of this Return. He, therefore, appealed to his noble and learned Friend on the Woolsack to postpone the second reading of the Bill.


said, he would most readily agree that the second reading of the Bill should be postponed till the first day after the Whitsuntide recess.

Second Reading (which stands appointed for this Day) put off to Monday the 23rd Instant.