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Volume 229: debated on Monday 22 May 1876

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asked thehonourable Member for Southwark (regarding previous postponements), Whether he now proposes to withdraw his Motion in reference to Mr. Henwood?

I beg to say, in reply to the Question put to me by the hon. Member for Hythe, that I am not one of those persons who, having "put his hand to the plough looketh back," and emphatically to assure him that from the moment I undertook to present Mr. Henwood's Petition for the consideration of this House, I have never halted nor faltered in my intention to bring the subject-matter of that Petition to a direct issue on the earliest day the Forms of the House will admit of my doing so. In fact, a Notice of Motion for a Select Committee stands in my name for Friday, June 9, and is No. 1 on the list, and I shall be glad if the hon. Member for Hythe will now join with me in an appeal to the hon. Member for Pembroke, who has expressed so much anxiety for the appointment of a Committee, but has taken no steps, that I am aware of, to secure it, to urge upon the Government the desirability of granting this Committee of Inquiry unopposed.