§ Bill considered in Committee.
§ (In the Committee).
§ Clause 1.
§ Question proposed, "That Clause 1 stand part of the Bill."
§ (12.35). MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
I wish to ask for an explanation of one or two points. Has any estimate been formed of the probable amount that will be expended in 'any one year in consequence of the passing of this measure, and what is the probable maximum rate which will be imposed in consequence? I find clerks and collectors of poor rates mentioned in the 1st clause. I wish to ask whether these are the only officials who render services in connection with the Parliamentary franchise.
§ (12.36). MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I am afraid I have not full information to give on the first point, but the charge thrown on the Unions under the Bill will be very small. As to the S3cond question, the definition given in the first line of the clause is actually exhaustive.
§ DR. TANNER
Will the right hon. Gentleman be able to afford us any information before the Third Reading of the Bill?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I will make inquiries. In the meantime I will put down the Bill for this day week.
§ MR. SEXTON
I shall be satisfied if an answer can be given to a question next week. I do not think it is necessary to delay this stage.
§ (12.38.) DR. TANNER
As my hon. Friend does not object to the passing of the Bill, I will not take exception to it.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Bill reported, without Amendment; read the third time, and passed.