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Volume 229: debated on Friday 26 May 1876

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asked the honourable Baronet the Member for North Wiltshire, Whether he is prepared to withdraw the Notice of Motion that stands in his name in reference to the third reading of the Merchant Shipping Bill, on the grounds that the subject had already been twice fully discussed, and also that the powers of the Board of Trade under the existing Act were ample to secure the object which the hon. Baronet had in view?

in reply, said, that desiring not to delay the course of Public Business or to prevent the passing of the measure, he begged, in compliance with the request of the Government, to withdraw his Notice.

in consequence of the reply of the hon. Baronet the Member for North Wiltshire, wished to ask the hon. Member for Birkenhead, Whether he intends to proceed to-night with the Notice that stands on the Paper in his name in reference to that measure?

said, he would rather not answer the question, as much must depend on the course of Public Business. He would, however, not do anything to delay the progress of the Bill, which he believed to be in the main a good one.