§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
I promised to take this opportunity of making a statement as to two other Bills which are under my charge. One is the Public Works Loans Consolidation Bill, which has been referred to a Select Committee. That Committee has concluded its labour; it is important that the Bill should be passed, if possible; and I have great hopes that when it is again brought forward the House will have no difficulty in accepting and passing it this Session. With regard to the Local Authorities Loans Bill, I am in this position—it has been very carefully considered, a great many objections that were taken to it have been, as I hope, obviated, and from what reaches me I am inclined to think that the Bill may be accepted without much discussion. If that should prove to be the case, I shall be glad to proceed with it. If, however, it is likely to lead to much discussion, it would have to be laid aside for want of time; but I shall keep it on the Paper until I see the feeling of the House with regard to it.