§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, When the Coal and Wine Dues Continuance Bill will be in the hands of Members; whether the Bill has yet been approved by the Metropolitan Board itself; and, whether it is not the fact that many members of the Board are strongly opposed to the Bill?
§ THE CHAIRMAN (Sir JAMES M'GAREL-HOGG) (Middlesex, Hornsey)
I beg to inform the hon. Member that the Coal and Wine Dues Continuance Bill has received the approval of the Committee of the whole Board, who were authorized by the Metropolitan Board to deal with it, and I trust the Bill will be in the hands of Members of the House in a few days. It is not the fact that many members of the Board are strongly opposed to the Bill.
§ MR. T. P. O'CONNOR (Liverpool, Scotland)
Are any members of the Board strongly opposed to the Bill?
§ SIR JAMES M'GAREL-HOGG
I am not the keeper of the consciences of my colleagues; and, therefore, I cannot say.
§ MR. T. P. O'CONNOR
Might I ask the hon. Gentleman if any hon. Members of the Board have expressed their hostility to the Bill?
§ [No reply.]