HC Deb 30 March 1894 vol 22 cc1091-2

Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. A. C. Morton.)


This Bill seems to me to be as grotesque an example of attempted grandmotherly legislation as was ever submitted to Parliament. The hon. Gentleman who introduced it has been so good as to supply us with a Memorandum which states its aims and objects. Of course, it is easy enough to say that any particular sport is open to objection. No doubt, every sport taken in detail would be open to some objection, and I have no doubt that there may be persons who would be glad to put down all sport. Here is the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. A. C. Morton) who singles out many sports, some of which are more especially the sports of the people of this country. In the Northern and Midland Counties rabbit coursing prevails very largely. I confess that it is not a sport of which I have any personal knowledge, but those who take part in it have not the means of engaging in the more expensive forms of sport. They cannot have hunters or keep fox-hounds, or indulge in any other of the more expensive amusements.

It being Midnight, the Debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed upon Wednesday next.