HL Deb 20 March 1890 vol 342 cc1229-30

My Lords, I feel bound to postpone the Report stage of this Bill until Monday next, inasmuch as the Bill has not been furnished in its revised form in print. It passed through Committee on Monday last, when there were only two or three small Amendments made, and I think there is some reason to complain when, the Bill having been put down for Thursday, one is obliged to postpone it on account of its not having yet been received from the printers.


I cannot help feeling that attention must be directed to this subject. This has happened several times recently. On occasions, in my own case, Bills which have been passed have not been returned to your Lordships, as they should have been. I do not mean to say that in the case to which my noble Friend refers much mischief will be done in the present condition of the business of this House; but I must say that this unexpected and unlooked for delay at other periods of the Session might occasion considerable public inconvenience.

Report of Amendments (on Re-commitment) (which stands appointed for this day) put off to Monday next.