§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ THE LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN (Mr. SEXTON) (Belfast, W.)
said, he thought that sufficient reason had been shown for passing the Bill, and he would ask his hon. Friend to withdraw his objection. If he would not do so, perhaps the Government would take steps to secure a decision on the Bill before the Recess.
§ MR. MAURICE HEALY (Cork)
said, he would appeal to his hon. Friend not to stand in the way of what might be made a very useful measure.
§ MR. BIGGAR
said, in response to the appeals of his hon. Friends, it was only right that he should say briefly what his objection to the Bill was. The only effect, as far as he could see, would be to bring a large staff of employés into Derry, Belfast, and other towns who would practically have no business to transact. If an Amendment were submitted which would give bankruptcy 1819 jurisdiction in small amounts to the Recorders of Derry, Belfast, and Cork, he would be disposed to consider the proposition; but to create a large bankruptcy staff in those places was preposterous; there would be no work for them to do.
§ MR. SEXTON
, by the leave of the House, begged to assure his hon. Friend that his fears in reference to the constitution of a large extra staff was unfounded. The staff in Dublin was very large, and part of it would be transferred.
§ Second Reading deferred till Thursday.