HL Deb 20 February 1872 vol 209 c764

Order of the Day for the Third Reading, read.


desired to state, on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, that they did not regard this Bill as one likely to be received as a final settlement of difficulties it was intended to meet. He did not mean to oppose the Motion for the third reading, but made the observation he had just addressed to their Lordships in order to prevent any misapprehension of the course that might be taken with respect to the measure in the other House of Parliament.


said, he did not himself suppose that his Bill met all the grievances that were alleged on the subject. There were well-founded and ill-founded grievances, and his object in proposing the Bill was to remove the former, and not to touch the latter. That the measure would satisfy those who were making a party cry of the question, he had never for a moment supposed.


thought that, as far as it went, this Bill proceeded in the right direction; but he protested against the idea which the noble Earl seemed to entertain, that all objections which his Bill did not remove must of necessity be party objections.

Bill read 3a: an Amendment made; Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.

House adjourned at a quarter past Five o'clock, to Thursday next, half past Ten o'clock