said, he wished to make a personal statement with respect to the debate of Tuesday evening on the Motion of the hon. and gallant Member for Aberdeen (Colonel Sykes). His absence was alluded to on that occasion, and he was anxious to explain that it was not in any way intentional. He was bound to be present at quarter sessions in Devonshire, and he could not get any of his brother magistrates to take his place. He much re- gretted that he was not present during the debate on Tuesday, for if he had been he should have explained to the House his reasons for not supporting the Motion of the hon. and gallant Member.
SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE