HC Deb 09 May 1877 vol 234 c585

Order for Second Reading read.


said, that after the statement which had recently been made by the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Board of Trade, that the Government had a Bill ready drafted to deal with the question of breach of contracts and the discipline of seamen, he should best consult the convenience of the House by moving the discharge of the Order for the second reading of the Bill which he had introduced. He trusted that the Government measure would be introduced on an early day, and if it should fulfil the promise made by the right hon. Gentleman the Home Secretary last year, and assimilated the laws for breach of contract in the case of seamen with the provisions of the Employers and Workmen Act of 1875, he should not find it necessary to propose any measure on the subject. If, however, the Bill of the Government should not go far enough in the direction which he thought desirable he should have an opportunity of moving Amendments in Committee.

Motion agreed to.

Order discharged: Bill withdrawn.