§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ MR. HOWELL (Bethnal Green, N.E.)
May I appeal to hon. Members who have objections on points of detail to allow the Bill a Second Reading now?
§ * SIR M. HICKS BEACH
I hope I may induce my hon. Friend not to press his opposition at this stage. I think the principle of the Bill is a right one, but I think it is carried out in an impracticable manner. I have Amendments to propose, and should not allow the Bill to become law in its present shape; and in order that sufficient time shall be afforded for the consideration of Amendments by those interested in the matter, I hope the hon. Member in charge will not object to placing the Committee for a distant date, when I believe we can put the Bill into such a shape as will avoid those evils of which shipowners are afraid.
§ Second Reading deferred till To-morrow, at Two of the clock.