§ MR. EVERETT (Suffolk, Woodbridge)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in order to obtain a Report at an early day upon the depression now existing in the great industry of agriculture, and the possibility of remedying it, he will consent to the immediate appointment of a Select Committee to inquire into the limited question of the cause of the extraordinary and long-continued fall in prices which has produced the depression?
§ MR. W. E. GLADSTONE
I must remind my hon. Friend that the Government has already expressed its desire to consider in a friendly spirit the terms of the Reference to the proposed Committee. I do not think it would be expedient, having given that pledge, to determine upon one particular form of Reference which would necessarily preclude others.
§ MR. EVERETT
May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman is not aware that Members who have put down Amendments are willing to withdraw their opposition if my proposal is accepted?
§ MR. CHAPLIN (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)
The right hon. Gentleman, perhaps, was not in the House when I stated that if the Government were willing to accept the proposal of the hon. Member for the Woodbridge Division, I should be prepared to withdraw the Amendment standing in my name.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. H. GARDNER,) Essex, Saffron Walden
That did not cover the Resolution in the name of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Thanet.