§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed; "That the Bill be now read a second time."
§ MR. ASQUITH (Fife, East)
I hope the hon. Member will withdraw his objection. There is great unanimity of opinion among Members of the Legal Profession on both sides of the House.
§ DR. TANNER
Having listened to the eloquent voice of the hon. Member, I withdraw my objection, though it is the hon. and learned Member (Mr. Finlay) who promotes the Bill.
§ MR. FINLAY (Inverness, &c.)
I am obliged to the hon. Member for the courtesy he has shown in this matter.
§ MR FINLAY
The object of this Bill is to remedy the multiplicity of legal proceedings that take place in the Queen's Bench Division. The proposal is to supersede the necessity of one stage of these proceedings, namely, the Divisional Courts. There is, as my hon. and learned Friend has stated, very great agreement on the main objects of the Bill, though there may be some difference on matters of detail.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Bill read a second time, and committed for Thursday, 5th June.