HC Deb 12 August 1878 vol 242 cc1854-5

[Lord John Manners.)


Bill considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clauses 1 to 4, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 5 (Differences relating to a street or public road to be determined by stipendiary magistrates, county court judge, or sheriff).


moved, as an Amendment, in page 3, line 28, to leave out all the words after "difference" to the end of the clause, in order to insert the words "shall be decided by a judge of the High Court of Justice." He explained that the object of the Amendment was to enable any difference that might arise to be disposed of by the High Court of Justice, instead of by the Railway Commissioners. He did not think that the Commissioners, being a temporary body, should be the persons to whom references should ultimately be made. He had been informed, however, by the Postmaster General, that the matter had been under considerable discussion, and that, without giving any distinct opinion as to the merits of the Amendment, he could not accept it. Under these circumstances, he would not divide upon it, but would consent to have it negatived, having regard to the communication that had been made to him.

Amendment negatived.

Bill reported, with Amendments; as amended, to be considered To-morrow.