§ Order for Committee read.
§ Motion made and Question proposed "That Mr. Speaker do now leave the chair."
§ MR. COX
said, he regretted that he had not been present to oppose the second reading of the Bill, because it was a measure to which he entertained the strongest objection upon grounds of public policy. It proposed to repeal two clauses of the Act of last year which had been agreed to after careful deliberation and discussion, without anything having occurred since that period to render a change in the law necessary. He denied that the Act of last year was intended solely to apply to an individual. Sir T. M. Wilson had appealed to the law courts on six or seven different occasions from 1829 to 1856, and had always been told that he must hold the property he enjoyed subject to the restrictions which the testator had thought fit to impose. It might be quite true that the successor of Sir T. Wilson could do as he pleased, but that was no reason why Parliament should interfere with the arrangements made by the testator, who expressly excluded the Hampstead property from being built upon. He should move that the House do go into Committee on that day three months.
§ Amendment proposed, to leave out from the word "That" to the end of the Question, in order to add the words, "this House will, upon this day three months, resolve itself into the said Committee," instead thereof.1207
§ MR. WHITESIDE
said, he had drawn up the clause in such a manner as to entirely remove the Attorney General's objections to the Bill, and he trusted therefore the House would go into Committee.
§ Question "That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the Question," put, and agreed to.
§ Main Question put, and agreed to.
§ House in Committee.
§ Clause 1.
§ MR. AYRTON
moved that the Chairman do report progress, in order, as he stated, to take the sense of the Committee upon the Bill.
§ Motion made, and Question put, "That the Chairman do now leave the chair."
§ The Committee divided:—Ayes 45; Noes 44: Majority 1.
§ The House resumed.—No Report.