§ 53. Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the Lord Privy Seal the cause of the continued absence from Parliament of the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and when he proposes to resume his Parliamentary duties?
§ Mr. SHORTT
My right hon Friend the Chief Secretary is detained in Ireland on urgent matters of administration. He hopes to be in the House next week.
§ Captain REDMOND
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the crisis that has arisen in connection with the Proportional Representation Bill owing to the continued absence of the Chief Secretary?
§ Mr. DEVLIN
Does the right hon. Gentleman regard it as a smooth passage that after nine sittings the Committee has only reached the first part of line 1, Clause 1?