§ THE EARL OF WEMYSS
My Lords, I ask leave to put off for another week the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper for Monday next, asking that an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying him to appoint a small Commission to inquire into, and report upon, the present state and prospects of our trade, and whether any change of methods or other action is needed in furtherance thereof. This is the third time I have put off this Motion, and I will explain why. The first time I postponed it because it was down for the same day as the Guildhall meeting at which the Duke of Devonshire was to speak. I was asked to put it off a second time because it was said that it would interfere with the fiscal debate then about to take place in your Lordships' House. I postponed it for a further fortnight, and this morning I received a letter strongly advising me, in the interests of the Motion, that I should put it off for yet another week. I accordingly take the liberty of doing so.