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Parliament—Public Business

Volume 220: debated on Monday 22 June 1874

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Will the right hon. Gentleman at the head of Her Majesty's Government be good enough to state to the House which Bill will be taken on Thursday next?

Sir, if we conclude the consideration of the Factories Bill in Committee to-morrow evening, I propose that the Gold Coast Vote shall be taken on Thursday evening. As I am addressing the House upon the course of Business, I may mention another special subject, with regard to which I have intimated my intention to consult the convenience of the House. I allude to the subject of Home Rule in Ireland. I think, after what has occurred, it would not be conducive to public interest that there should be any further silence on this subject; and, therefore, as I understand that the course I propose will meet the convenience of hon. Gentlemen from Ireland who sit opposite me, it is my intention, with the permission of the House, to reserve the evening of to-morrow week for a discussion of the question.

Will the Vote in Supply with regard to the Gold Coast be the First Order of the Day?

If we conclude the Committee on the Factories Bill tomorrow evening, Supply will be the First Order of the Day on Thursday. The Vote on account of the British Museum will come first, but I do not anticipate it will take up much of the time of the House.

I am informed that the British Museum Vote will probably take a long time.

I do not anticipate that such will be the case. Even, however, if the discussion of the Vote takes up a longer period than usual, there will still remain a sufficient length of time for an adequate discussion of the Gold Coast question.