HC Deb 15 May 1860 vol 158 c1286

said, he wished to ask the noble Lord at the head of the Government, Whether, as Wednesday, the 23rd, is fixed for the celebration of our Metropolitan Circenses Ludi, he intends to propose that the House shall adjourn over that day.


Sir, I rather think one may say that an adjournment over the Derby Day would please the House. In fact, to adjourn over that day is part of the unwritten law of Parliament. I am sure that Her Majesty's Government do not wish to ask the House to depart from so wholesome a custom. It has been usual to leave it to some private Member to make the proposal, but I think that it is not exactly the proper way, and I mean, therefore, to propose on Tuesday that the House should adjourn at its rising until Thursday, the 24th.