HL Deb 26 May 1865 vol 179 cc873-4

, in moving that the Second Report from the Select Committee on the Office of Clerk of the Parliaments and Office of Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod be considered, desired to direct their Lordships' attention to the present large amount of Public and Private business before Parliament. As yet only twelve Bills had received the Royal Assent, and there were a great number of Bills coming up from the other House. The number of Private Bills in their Lordships' House was unusually great, and an extraordinary number would probably be sent up from the other House at the very end of the Session. As their Lordships had determined not to give a second reading to any Private Bill after the 29th of March, it was necessary that they should make some arrangement for the proper despatch of the business. As the gentleman who had been connected with this Department for thirty-two years was not now equal to the great amount of work which would devolve upon him, he hoped their Lordships would consent to his receiving the temporary assistance of some barrister at a remuneration not exceeding 200 guineas.

Report considered, and agreed to.

House adjourned at a quarter past Seven o'clock, till Monday next, Eleven o'clock.