§ Order for Second Reading read.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
said, that as the House was anxious to go into a Committee of Ways and Means, he trusted that the second reading of the Bill now before them, would be agreed to without discussion, on the understanding that the debate on the principle and details of the measure would be taken upon the Motion to go into Committee. Though there were parts of the Bill to which many hon. Gentlemen entertained serious objection, there were other parts which, it was important for the continuance and well working of the Commission, should be passed that Session.
§ MR. WINN KNIGHT
said, he objected to the Bill being read a second time that night. The Bill established a cen- 1692 tralizing power highly objectionable, and the House ought not to pass the second reading without discussion.
§ SIR GEORGE GREY
said, that if the hon. Gentleman now assented to the second reading, it would still be open to him to object in Committee to such parts of the Bill as he thought should be omitted from it.
§ MR. DISRAELI
said, there were objections affecting the principle of the Bill which ought to be discussed before it was read a second time.
§ VISCOUNT PALMERSTON
said, that the real object of the Bill was to vest the Commissioners with certain powers of administration, which would prevent the necessity for long, expensive, and multiplied Chancery suits; and, therefore, the discussion of objections to particular provisions might fairly be reserved to a future stage.
§ SIR WILLIAM JOLLIFFE
said, he admitted that legislation on the subject was essential, but he considered that to hurry the Bill through Parliament during the present Session would only complicate the existing evils.
§ Bill read 2°.