HC Deb 06 August 1883 vol 282 cc1771-2

(Mr. Mundella, The Lord Advocate, Mr. Solicitor General for Scotland.)


Order for Second Reading read.


said, he hoped at that late hour the House would allow the second reading of this Bill to be taken without any further explanation of its details than had already been given. There were one or two inconsiderable alterations proposed to be made to which he need not then refer, except to say they could be moved in Committee.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. Mundella.)


said, he felt it his duty to protest against the second reading being taken on that occasion. It was quite true that no Notice of opposition appeared on the Paper; but there were some points on which he thought a number of Scotch Members absent that night would like to express their opinion. But he understood that the right1 hon. Gentleman would give ample opportunities for stating objections in Committee; and therefore, on the distinct understanding that the Committee stage would not be taken at a late hour, he would not press his objection to the Motion for the second reading of the Bill.


pointed out to the hon. Member who had just spoken, that if he had not wanted the Bill to come on at 2 o'clock in the morning he should have had recourse to the simple expedient of blocking it.

Motion agreed to.

Bill read a second time, and committed for Thursday.