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THE SCOTTISH HOME RULE DEBATE.
House of Commons, 19th and 20th

0R

CLARK,

1890.

Feb.,

M.P. for Caithness, and President

of the Scottish

Rule Association, on 10th February, 1890, moved an
the Address of the House of
Its

terms were as follows
" But

Commons

in

Home

Amendment on

answer to the Queen's Speech.

:

we humbly submit

to Your Majesty that the present mode of
the domestic affairs of Scotland is unsatisfactory
that
measures affecting the welfare of the Scottish people are not considered,
in consequence of the pressure of business of the other portions of the
United Kingdom that when Bills relating to Scotland alone are being
dealt with, the decision of the House is often contrary to the wishes of
the great majority of the Scottish representatives and that it is desirable,
while retaining the supremacy of the Imperial Parliament, to devolve
upon a Legislature in Scotland the consideration of the domestic affairs of
that country."
legislating

for

;

;

;

Mr Donald

Crawford. M.P. for North-East Lanarkshire, proposed to

substitute for the words in italics at the end of

the following words,

viz.

Dr

Clark's

Amendment

:

" The Members of Parliament for Scotland, sitting in Scotland, the
consideration of the domestic affairs of that country, or to adopt some
other means whereby Scottish affairs shall be entrusted to the control of
the representatives of the Scottish people."

After a debate, in which, besides the movers of these Amendments,

Mr Seymour Keay (who seconded Dr Clark),
Mr Mark Stewart, a Conservative, and Mr Marjoribanks, the Scotch
Liberal Whip, who both opposed Dr Clark, Mr Bolton, who seconded Mr
Crawford's Amendment, Mr Munro Ferguson, the Junior Scotch Liberal
the House was addressed by

Whip, who opposed Dr Clark, the Lord Advocate

who

also opposed

him,

Mr

Gladstone,

who

(J.

P. B. Robertson),

supported Dr Clark's

ment, although he intimated his intention to vote against
Wallace,

who wished

to

add to Dr Clark's Amendment the words

" At such time and under such conditions as
Scottish people"

;

may

Amendand Dr

it,
:

be desired by the