§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)
said, he understood 1443 that it was the general wish of Scotch Members that this Bill should be referred to a Select Committee, and being willing to adopt that course he now moved the second reading, with a view to the Bill being sent to a Select Committee.
§ Motion made and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(The Lord Advocate.)
§ MR. BUCHANAN (Edinburgh, W.)
asked, did the Lord Advocate intend the Bill should be sent to a Select Committee of Scotch Members, or a Committee constituted in the ordinary way by the Committee of Selection?
§ MR. J. H. A. MACDONALD
said, the Committee would include a large proportion of Scotch Members; but it was not advisable, and was not contemplated, to exclude other Members whose skill on the subject-matter of the Bill might with advantage be availed of.
§ MR. BUCHANAN
asked, whether it was the intention of the Government to adhere to the exemption of the large towns at present exempted under Schedule A.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Bill read a second time, and committed to a Select Committee.