HC Deb 25 May 1891 vol 353 cc1055-6

Considered in Committte.

(In the Committee.)

(12.4.) MR. KNOX (Cavan, W.)

I do not wish to insist on the Amendments I have put on the Paper if I can get an undertaking that a Government measure will be introduced as soon as possible to remedy the Tramways Act of 1883, and to put an end to the many great injustices which result from that Act. I think some indication was given some time ago that the Government were considering the advisability of amending that Act.


I do not think the Amendment is at all in accordance with the scope of this Bill, the object of which is to amend the Tramways Act of 1860 with regard to tramways which do not involve baronial guarantees. The Amendment relates to tramways promoted under the Act of 1883. The hon. and learned Member asks whether the Government are prepared to give an undertaking to amend the Act of 1883. I have formerly stated that a Bill might be usefully introduced to amend that Act, but I am not prepared on behalf of the Government to give a definite undertaking on the subject, I hope the hon. Member will not delay the progress of this Bill by endeavouring to move Amendments which are not really pertinent to it.


I move, Mr. Courtney, that you do report Progress, and ask leave to sit again.


I have indicated on former occasions that I believe the Amendment of the hon. and learned Gentleman is out of Order. It is open to any Member to oppose the progress of the Bill; but the Amendment could not be entertained.

(12.7.) Committee report Progress; to sit again To-morrow.