§ MR. ASSHETON CROSS
desired to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Question of which he had given him private Notice. He might say, by way of explanation, that there were two Bills on the Paper standing for Monday, relating to the question of Building Societies; one 16 brought in by the Government, and the other standing in his own name. He desired to learn, What course it was proposed to take with regard to the Bill brought in by the Government? He was desirous of an answer upon this point, because he had been informed that there was some likelihood of the Government bringing in another Bill on the subject. If that information was correct, he should be glad to learn also how soon the new Bill was to be introduced?
§ MR. WINTERBOTHAM,
in reply, said, that as much apprehension existed among the building societies as to the effect of the Bill introduced by the Government, and as strong objections had been urged against its supposed principles, he had thought it better not to proceed with it. He proposed, however, to introduce another Bill, respecting which he would confer with the hon. Gentleman opposite, and the result would, he hoped, be a measure satisfactory to the hon. Gentleman and the societies themselves.