§ Order for Second Reading read.
SIR R. WEBSTER
I hope the House will assent to the Second Reading of this Bill. It has the approval of Lord Herschell and Lord Justice Lindley, who is master of the law on this subject, and, with the assistance of my hon. and learned Friend (Sir Horace Davey), I think I can, in Committee, satisfy any objections to this, which is a Consolidation Bill, though, if it should be thought desirable, it shall be referred to the Standing Committee on Law.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."
§ MR. BROOKE ROBINSON (Dudley)
There is one clause objected to very strongly, the clause which gives power to a majority to bind the minority.
§ SIR HORACE DAVEY
I concur that it is desirable to pass the Bill. It was carefully considered last year by a Select Committee. With a view to amendment in Committee, I hope the Committee stage may be deferred for a week.
§ Objection taken (Mr. Caldwell).
§ Second Reading deferred till tomorrow.