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Parliament—Electoral Disabilities Of Women—Question

Volume 220: debated on Tuesday 23 June 1874

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asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, considering that upwards of one thousand Petitions, containing more than three hundred thousand signatures, have been presented this Session to the House of Commons in favour of the Bill to remove the Electoral Disabilities of Women, he can hold out any expectation that an opportunity will be afforded for reading the Bill a second time in the present Session?

Sir, I am anxious, so far as it is in my power, to give opportunities to every hon. Gentleman who has the care of any question of great interest to bring it forward. But my hon. Friend must feel that it is rather premature to press me for any more distinct answer to the question than that. It is only recently that the House has with much liberality confided to Her Majesty's Government an increase of opportunity for carrying on the Public Business. When that is more advanced it will be in my power to speak more distinctly upon the subject of specific Motions. I have already engaged to give a day to hon. Gentlemen opposite for the subject of Home Rule, and I must not forget that I have an engagement with the hon. Member for Londonderry (Mr. Charles Lewis) with regard to the Income Tax, and another with an hon. Gentleman opposite (Mr. M'Carthy) in reference to the Waste Lands of Ireland, both of whom made a great sacrifice in order to further Public Business. I cannot, therefore, give any other assurance to my hon. Friend except this—that if it is in my power, in this case, as in every other, it will be most gratifying to me to assist him.