HC Deb 10 February 1897 vol 46 c70

On the order for the Second Reading of this Bill,

MR. W. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)

—who had the following Notice of Motion on the Paper— That it be an Instruction to the Committee on the Dublin Corporation Bill that, either by definition or enactment, they make provision for conferring on duly qualified women the municipal franchise within the City of Dublin and the townships specified in the Bill"— said he did not mean by the Motion to oppose the Bill. He wished, however, to have an assurance from the Corporation of Dublin that they would agree to an extension of the franchise to women. If the Corporation agreed to this suggestion he would not oppose the Second Reading; otherwise, he should feel compelled, in the interests of justice, to do so.


appealed to the hon. Member not to object to the Second Reading. The terms of his own Motion implied that the Bill should pass the Second Reading before the discussion upon the instruction could be entered upon. The Dublin Corporation could not give the hon. Member the assurance he desired at the present moment. If the Second Reading was assented to, the Motion of the hon. Member for South Belfast could be discussed afterwards in due order.


Either the Second Reading of the Bill is objected to or it is not. If it is objected to either absolutely or conditionally, it must stand over until To-morrow.


Then I object Sir.

Bill ordered for Second Reading Tomorrow.