HL Deb 01 August 1867 vol 189 c525

Seeing, as I am sure all your Lordships do, with much pleasure, the noble Earl at the head of the Government again in his place, may I ask him, Whether any arrangements have been made for the postponement of the business which stands on the Paper before the Representation of the People Bill? Some of the Bills to which I refer may give rise to cosiderable discussion, and I think it would be the most convenient course that they should be postponed.


I am obliged to my noble Friend on the other side for the kind manner in which he has spoken of my appearance in the House. I trust that the occasion of my involuntary absence for some ten days will be taken as some expiation of the many misdeeds with which I have been charged in connection with the question of Reform. I believe that an understanding has been come to that the business which stands before the Committee on the Representation of the People Bill should be postponed, and that the general opinion is in favour of that course. As far as I am concerned, I should think it my duty not to throw any impediment in the way of the discussion of the Amendment of the noble Earl (Earl Grey) or any other Amendments that may be proposed.