HC Deb 04 July 1878 vol 241 cc846-7

Order for Consideration, as amended, read.

Bill, as amended, considered.

MR. RAMSAY moved, as an Amendment, in Clause 8, page 3, line 6, after "hereafter," to leave out to the end of the clause, his object being to prevent a combination of fees and salaries in the payment of registrars.

Amendment proposed, in page 3, line 6, to leave out from the word "thereafter" to the end of Clause 8.—(Mr. Ramsay.)

Question proposed, "That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the Bill."


said, he was in the hands of the Government as to whether the Amendment was to be accepted or not, though he could hardly see how he himself could accept it without incurring a charge of breaking faith with the registrars whom it concerned, and who, for two years, had supported the Bill in its present shape.


hoped the Amendment would not be persevered in.


said, the clause as it now stood involved a principle which was not adopted in any other Act affecting registration in Scotland. The registrars were paid by salaries exclusively, and it would be very hurtful to introduce a new principle. In a few years they might have to re-consider this Bill, and then they would be called upon to give compensation for these fees, when there was no necessity for it.


considered that the other duties which were to be imposed upon the registrars made it reasonable that they should be recompensed.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill to be read the third time To-morrow, at Two of the clock.

House adjourned at Two o'clock.