HC Deb 01 May 1874 vol 218 c1563

Order for Third Reading read.


said, that, after the result of the division of last evening, he should offer no further opposition to the passing of the measure, though he must take that opportunity of repeating his opinion that the Annuity Fund was the property of those who had contributed to it, and that their claims ought to have been equitably settled by arbitration. He also wished to explain that in the last Parliament, after the litigation upon the subject, he brought the matter before the House, and would have had the support of the then Solicitor General—now Lord Coleridge—were it not that his Lordship had been counsel in the case for the claimants.