HC Deb 16 February 1897 vol 46 cc509-10
MR. W. J. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S. W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the Government will introduce a Rill this Session to abolish the statutory declaration now necessary before a magistrate upon the alteration of the rules of a lodge of friendly societies; and whether, in the event of the Government being unable to introduce a Rill themselves, they will give facilities for passing into law such an Act of Parliament if introduced by a private Member?


The subject of dispensing with the statutory declaration before a magistrate and substituting some equally effective procedure is now being considered. It is possible that no fresh legislation will be necessary.