§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Motion made, and Question, proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Sir Charles Forster.)
§ Motion agreed to.
§ Bill read a second time.
§ MR. THOROLD ROGERS
I beg to move that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee on the same terms as those suggested yesterday by the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. Courtney) in regard to the Lambeth and Southwark and Vauxhall Water Bills.
§ MR. BUXTON
In addition to the reasons which were given by my hon. Friend yesterday, I wish to add one more why these Bills should have a somewhat wider inquiry than is ordinarily given to a Private Bill. The Bill itself proposes to absorb a piece of valuable property in the shape of a foot-path which is very much used by working people. The proposal will enable the Company to absorb public property without giving compensation, and in a way in which it can never be restored.
§ COLONEL MAKINS
I believe there is no opposition to the course which the hon. Member for Southwark (Mr. Thorold Rogers) proposes to take; and when the Bill is referred to a Select Committee the question raised by my hon. Friend the Member for South West Essex (Mr. Buxton) will be dealt with by the Committee before whom the Bill is sent.
§ Question put, and agreed to.1666
§ Ordered, That it be referred to a Select Committee, Five to be nominated by the House, and Four by the Committee of Selection.
§ Ordered, That all Petitions against the Bill, presented within the time limited by the Standing Orders, be referred to the Committee; and that such of the Petitioners a3 pray to be heard by themselves, their Counsel, Agents, or Witnesses, he heard upon their Petitions, if they think fit, and Counsel heard in favour of the Bill against such Petitions.—(Mr. Thorold Rogers.)