§ Bill considered inCommittee.
§ (In the Committee.)
§ Clause 1 (Short title) agreed to.
§ Clause 2 (Power to trustees to make abatement of rent).
On the Motion of The LORD ADVOCATE, Amendment made, in page 1, line 9, by leaving out after "powers" to and including "authority," in line 12, and inserting—
conferred upon trustees by the second section of 'The Trusts (Scotland) Act, 1867,' in all trusts to which that section applies the trustees shall have power.
§ MR. HOZIER (Lanarkshire, S.)
I think, Mr. Courtney, that the scope of this Bill might be somewhat extended. As it stands at present, it gives permission to trustees to grant reductious of rent, and I cannot help thinking that it ought to be extended so as to enable trustees to allow leases to be given up entirely. I therefore beg to move, at the end of Clause 2, to add the words "and to accept renunciations of leases of any such subjects."
§ Amendment proposed, at end of Clause, to add "and to accept renunciations of leases of any such subjects."—(Mr. Hazier.)
§ Question proposed, "That those words be there added."
§ MR. J. H. A. MACDONALD
I think that these words would be a decided improvement to the Bill, and the Government will accept them.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Words added.
§ Clause, as amended, agreed to.
§ On the Motion of Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD, the following New Clause was agreed to:—
§ (Past abatement of rent not liable to challenge.)
§ MR. HOZIER
I beg to move as a consequential Amendment, after the word "rent," to insert the words "or acceptance of renunciation of any such lease."
§ Amendment proposed to the New Clause, after the word "rent" to insert "or acceptance of renunciation of any such lease."—(Mr. Hozier.)
§ Question, "That those words be there inserted," put, and agreed to.
§ Question, "That the Clause, as amended, be added to the Bill." put, and agreed to.
§ Bill reported; as amended, to be considered upon Thursday.