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Parliament—Arrangement Of Public Business—Question

Volume 229: debated on Monday 12 June 1876

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asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, looking to the condition of the "personnel" of the Mercantile Marine, he will afford any facility for the early consideration of the Training Schools and Ships Bill and the Mercantile Marine Hospital Service Bill, now waiting the Second Reading, these Bills having been before the House all last Session as well as this?

My first duty is, of course, to carry, if possible, those Bills which have been introduced on the part of the Government, those Bills dealing with subjects which we think are of most pressing importance. When they have been carried, or are in a position which is equivalent to their ultimate success, I shall be very happy on the part of the Government to place any time which is at our disposal at the command of hon. Members, and to apportion that time among those subjects which are most interesting to the House. The measures noticed by my hon. Friend no doubt refer to subjects which no one can deny are interesting; but I am not sufficiently acquainted with the manner in which those subjects are treated in those Bills to give any definite opinion on the course which should be taken with them. But the first engagement which the Government have in regard to time, independently of that which must be devoted to the passing of their own measures, is with the hon. and learned Member who introduced a debate on Irish Land Tenure, and which I promised, on the part of the Government, an opportunity of continuing.