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Parliament—Commencement Of Public Business—Observation

Volume 228: debated on Monday 1 May 1876

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I may as well, Sir, state now at what hour we think it may be expedient that the House should meet for the despatch of Business. As I have not heard from any hon. Members any objection to the suggestion that was made last week, I will conclude, in the absence of anything to the contrary, that it will be convenient that the House should meet for the despatch of Public Business in future at a quarter-past 4 o'clock instead of commencing at half-past 4. I may also state that in the event of the Merchant Shipping Bill not getting through Committee to-night we propose to have a Morning Sitting to-morrow. I make that statement in the hope that in consequence of the Morning Sitting we may conclude the Committee on the Merchant Shipping Bill, so as to enable us on Thursday to take the Prisons Bill and the Education Bill. I propose that the change as to the hour of meeting for Public Business should commence on Monday.