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Parliament—Commencement Of Public Business—Observation

Volume 228: debated on Tuesday 2 May 1876

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said, that upon the Opposition side of the House it was generally understood yesterday that the new arrangement for commencing Public Business—namely, at a quarter-past 4 o'clock instead of half-past 4, would not come into force till Monday next. To his surprise he found on coming down to the House that the arrangement came into force that evening. Many other hon. Members had been disappointed in the same way. He wished to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Prime Minister if he did not announce that the altered hour of meeting would commence on Monday?

I state distinctly that I did not say so. But I dare say the erroneous impression of the hon. Gentleman may have arisen from the original Notice given upon the subject, in which the words "next Monday" were used.