HC Deb 24 March 1896 vol 39 c41

Ordered, That a Select Committee of nine Members be appointed, four to be nominated by the House, and five by the Committee of Selection, to whom all Bills promoted in the present Session by the London Water Companies shall be committed.

Ordered, That all Petitions presented against the said Bills within the time limited by the Standing Orders be referred to the Committee; and that such of the petitioners as pray to be heard by themselves, their counsel, agents, or witnesses, be heard on their Petitions against (he Bills, if they think fit, and counsel heard in support of the said Bills against such Petitions.

Ordered, That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers, and records.

Ordered, That five be the quorum.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee (a) not to confer addiditional powers except so far as the same may be proved to the satisfaction of the Committee to be required for works or for the acquisition of land, the construction or acquisition of which cannot be postponed without detriment to the interests of the public; and (b) to insert in any Bill authorising the creation of further capital provisions which shall prohibit the application of such capital to any purpose other than the construction of the works or the acquisition of the land for which it is authorised by the Bill to be raised, or the expenses of the Bill.—(Mr. Chaplin.)