§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."
§ MR. DISRAELI
said, that in consider- 439 ation of the state of public business, it was not his intention to offer any opposition to the Bill at that stage. Of course, however, in making that declaration, he wished it to be clearly understood, on the part of himself and of the Gentlemen with whom he acted, that they reserved to themselves the right of making in Committee any objections they might think fit to the clauses of the Bill, and that on the third reading it should not be assumed that they had assented to the principle of the measure. Their only object in then agreeing to the second reading was to facilitate the progress of public business.
§ MR. CRAUFURD
said, he wished to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as regarded the operation of that measure, he meant to apply the same principle to the property of the Royal burghs in Scotland, which he meant to apply to the property of corporate bodies in England?
§ The CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
said, it appeared to him that that was a question for the consideration of the Committee on the Bill. He had then only to say that he was not aware of any reason why the property of the Royal burghs in Scotland should be treated differently from the property of corporations in England.
§ Bill read 2°.