§ Order for Third Reading read.
§ MR. SPOONER
said, he wished to call the attention of the right hon. Gentleman the Vice President of the Board of Trade to what appeared to him to be a defect in the measure. Under the 17th clause, as he understood it, a joint contractor who had been proceeded against by a creditor, and who had paid the sum required of him, could not recover from one of his partners 1119 more than that partner's original share of the liabilities, although the other partners should have become bankrupts; so that if there had been four partners, and if one had paid the debt, he could not recover more than one-fourth of its amount from one of the other three, in case the two others should have become bankrupts.
§ Bill read 3°, and passed.