§ On the Motion for the Second Reading of this Bill,
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (MR. H. H. ASQUITH, Flfe, E.)
explained that the Bill made no addition whatever to the law, but was introduced merely to supplement the Act of last Session, which omitted to provide any penalty for the failure in the past of owners or occupiers of shops to advertise or cause to be posted in a conspicuous position on their premises an abstract of the Act. The result of the omission was that several cases had occurred in which there had been a failure to observe the provisions of the law in this respect. This was not a matter of contention at all, but the 1140 Bill was absolutely necessary to give effect to the spirit of the Legislation passed last Session.
§ Motion deferred till 1st April.