HC Deb 03 May 1892 vol 4 cc61-2


Order for Third Reading read.


I move the Motion of which I have given notice. I need not explain it, for I think it has an object with which we all agree.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Order be discharged. That the Bill be re-committed."—(Mr. Camp bell-Bannerman.)

Motion agreed to.

Order discharged.

Bill re-committed in respect of a new Clause. Ordered: That it be an Instruction to the Committee on Roads and Bridges (Scotland) Acts Amendment (re-committed) Bill, that they have power to provide for the protection from injury, on the part of road authorities, of certain lands on the ground of public interest.—(Mr. Campbell-Bannerman.)

Bill considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

New Clause— (Preservation of lands from injury.) Notwithstanding anything contained in section eighty of the Act first and second William the Fourth, chapter forty-three, as incorporated in 'The Roads and Bridges (Scotland) Act, 1878' the exemption from the general right of searching for, digging, and carrying away materials, as made in the said section eighty, shall be extended to such land or grounds as it may appear to the Secretary for Scotland, on the application of the proprietor thereof, desirable to preserve intact on the ground of national or public interest or historical association,"—(Mr. Campbell-Bannerman,) —brought up, and read the first time.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause be now read a second time."


May I point out to the Lord Advocate that as the Bill left the House of Lords there was a clause providing for the construction of new bridges. Then doubts arose as to the imposition of new taxation by this means; but these doubts being resolved it was expected that the clause would pass unopposed in Committee, but to the great surprise of my constituents this, which they consider a most important clause, has no place in the Bill. So far as we know, there is no objection to the clause, which, as the Bill is re-committed, I hope the Lord Advocate will agree to have restored.


The hon. Member is not speaking to the Motion for the new clause.

(6.55.) MR. MORTON

I think we had better report Progress. I do not see why the Government should rush the Business when Scotch Members evidently have matters to discuss.


I hope the hon. Member will not make such a Motion. This is not really a Government Bill, and it has the concurrence of all Scotch Members.


I only intended a few words of explanation with the hope of receiving an assurance from the Lord Advocate satisfactory to my constituents.


Under the circumstances I do not press a Motion to report Progress; but I hope that similar consideration will be extended to me in reference to a measure in which I may be interested.

Motion agreed to.

Clause read a second time, and added to the Bill.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be reported as amended."


I hope the Lord Advocate will now make some statement.


I can only say that it was considered the question of building new bridges was foreign to the main object of the Bill, and that there was general agreement to the alteration of the clause.

Motion agreed to.

Bill reported with an Amendment; as amended, to be considered upon Thursday.