HC Deb 09 March 1891 vol 351 cc575-6

Considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clause 1.


I do not wish to impede the progress of the Bill, but I desire to point out that I have consulted the Law Officer of the Crown as to whether that for which provision is made in this clause can not be done under the terms of the original Act. I hold the opinion that it could—that under the existing law fees can be paid by County Councils as proposed—and my view has been sup- ported by those legal authorities. Doubts seem to exist in the minds of the County Councils as to the working of the Act. Therefore, I leave the matter in the hands of the Committee. If hon. Members and the County Councils think these provisions necessary, I am not prepared to insist on their removal from the Bill.

MR. A. H. DYKE ACLAND (York, W.R., Rotherham)

The original difficulty and doubt as to this subject was raised not by the County Councils, but came from another quarter. The doubt has become so wide-spread amongst many County Councils that I think it desirable to pass this measure. I hope the right hon Gentleman will allow these words to remain.

MR. BRUNNER (Cheshire, Northwich)

It can do no harm to allow this Bill to go forward this stage. If it is necessary to alter the terms of this clause at a later stage the alteration can be made.

Clause agreed to.

Bill reported; as amended, to be considered to-morrow.