HC Deb 05 March 1869 vol 194 cc775-6

Order for Second Reading read.


, in moving the second reading of this Bill, stated that on Tuesday next a large number of gentlemen interested in the ornithological history of the country would meet at the Zoological Society's rooms to discuss the subject which he had brought forward, as a farmer's question, and as a merchant seaman's and deep sea fisheries' question. Disclaiming all acquaintance with the natural history point of view, he thought the subject deserving of the consideration of the House.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. C. Sykes.)


supported the second reading. He deemed that the Bill was one which it was important to pass, not only for the purpose of stopping the wanton cruelty of destroying sea birds, but because their preservation tended to prevent the occurrence of many shipwrecks. He had received a letter from Sir F. Arrow, Deputy Master of the Trinity Board, in which the writer stated that the Board attached the greatest importance to the preservation of sea-fowl, as the best of all warnings to seamen when in proximity of land in thick weather, and that he quite approved the Bill, but wished it could be extended to prevent the taking of eggs also. With regard to the latter point, he believed that the hon. promoter of the Bill was willing to include eggs within its provisions.

Motion agreed to.

Bill read a second time, and committed for Tuesday next.