DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.) moved:—
That it be an Instruction to the Committee on the North British Railway Bill that they may provide, if they think fit, notwithstanding Standing Order 163 of this House, that the respective undertakings of the Kirkcaldy District Railway Company and of the East Fife Railway Company may be vested in the North British Railway Company.
§ MR. J. H. DALZIEL (Kirkcaldy Burghs)
said, that as the notice of motion only appeared on the paper of the House this morning, and as by it a considerable concession was sought for the Company from the House, he had to ask that it stand over. Another reason why the motion should be postponed was that the whole position of the company with regard to the trading community in Scotland required consideration by the House. The manner in which the railway company were treating the traders of his own constituency was not only tyrannical but in the highest sense thoroughly insolent. The company had also broken faith with the House, so far as a pledge given some years ago was concerned; and as there were a large number of precedents for refusing to deal with a Bill of a company which had broken its pledge, he asked that the motion might be allowed to stand over till Tuesday in order that the position of affairs might be considered.
§ Motion deferred till Tuesday.