§ MR. LENG (Dundee)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has observed that within a few days the decisions of Committees of this House in the cases of the North British and Glasgow and South Western Railway Bill, the London Central Railway Bill, and the Ayr Harbour Bill have been reversed by Committees of the House of Lords; and whether he will consider the propriety of proposing the substitution of one tribunal, representing both Houses of Parliament, for the present system of double inquiries before Committees of each House?
§ * SIR M. HICKS BEACH
Yes, Sir; I have noticed the decisions referred to by the hon. Member. The question raised is one of great importance, affecting the whole procedure on Private Business. Her Majesty's Government have proposed a change in this matter with regard to Scotland, and until the House has considered that proposal I do not think it is likely that any legislation on the subject with regard to England can be undertaken.