§ MR. W. H. SMITH (for Lord ALGERNON PERCY)
asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, If he can now inform the House what has been the result of the Resolution regarding the Metropolitan District Railway, which was to be brought before the Metropolitan Board of Works on Friday, the 16th inst.?
§ SIR JAMES M'GAREL-HOGG
Sir, in reply to the Question of my noble Friend, I think I cannot do better than read to the House the resolution passed by the Metropolitan Board on Friday last, which is as follows:— 803That it be referred to the Works and General Purposes Committee to prepare and bring up a Bill to be laid before Parliament (provided that body will permit Standing Orders to he suspended for the purpose), for the repeal of the clauses in the Metropolitan District Railway Act, 1881, which enables that Company to construct openings or shafts for the purpose of ventilating their railway.I may add that I have consulted the right hon. Baronet the Member for the University of Oxford (Sir John Mowbray) on the subject, and he has informed me that the Board's Petition for a suspension of the Standing Orders cannot now be considered before Easter, but that it will be brought before the Standing Orders Committee as soon as possible after the House meets again.