§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle
Yes, I understand it has been printed, and that copies can be obtained at the Vote Office.
§ * MR. SPEAKER
Objection to taking the Bill after 12 o'clock does not apply, as the Bill is brought in in pursuance of the provisions of a Statute.
§ MR. CAUSTON (Southwark, W.)
As a matter of order, Sir, can a Bill be read a second time before being printed and circulated?
§ MR. SEXTON
If we bring forward a Bill that does not happen to be printed, objection on that ground is considered conclusive; my memory recalls several such instances. If this is binding against a private Member who has not complete command of facilities for printing, surely it ought to be binding against the Government. It would be a culpable breach of duty, I think, to allow the practice without protest; and I would request, Sir, that the Bill should not be read a second time to-night.
§ MR. E. STANHOPE
It is really a point not worth setting up now. I have the printed Bill in my hand, and copies of it can be had in the Vote Office. But if hon. Members prefer that the Bill should be taken to-morrow let it be so.
§ Second Reading referred to to-morrow.