HC Deb 18 February 1869 vol 194 cc112-3

, in moving for leave to bring in a Bill for the abolition of the Landlord's right of Hypothec in Scotland, said, the measure was identical with that which he had introduced two years ago, and which had then been fully considered by the House. He had included in the Bill the rights of landlords in urban as well as in agricultural districts, and the House would consider in Committee whether they would adopt that proposal. He might mention that, finding it would suit the convenience of Scotch Members that the second reading should be taken in May, he would postpone the further consideration of the measure till that month.


, in seconding the Motion, thanked the hon. Member for Forfarshire (Mr. Carnegie) for bringing forward thus early a Bill on a subject which has caused so much unsatisfactory feeling in Scotland, and which the legislation of 1867 has failed to diminish. He expressed a hope that in the proposed Bill the hon. Member would avoid, connecting urban with agricultural hypothec, which was the chief cause of the failure of his former Bill on this subject. If the occupiers of house property are aggrieved by the law as it now stands, let thorn agitate for its total abolition, but until such was the case, he hoped that the hon. Member would limit his Bill to that form of protection which was considered by a large majority of the agricultural and commercial classes in Scotland so objectionable and so opposed to their interests.

Motion agreed to. Bill for the abolition of the Landlord's right of Hypothec in Scotland, ordered to be brought in by Mr. CARNEGIE, Mr. FORDYCE, and Mr. CRAUFURD.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 4.]