§ * SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY
, in asking leave to introduce a Bill to enable Metropolitan Police Courts to be closed on special Bank Holidays, said that at present the only way of closing these Courts was by declaring the day a day of public thanksgiving under the provisions of the Bills of Exchange Act of 1882, the result of doing so would be that bills of exchange falling due on that day would become payable on the day preceding. But the day being also a bank holiday bills would be payable, under another provision of the same Act, on the succeed- 1618 ing day. That would give rise to great inconvenience.
§ Bill ordered to be brought in by Sir Matthew White Ridley and Mr. Jesse Collings; presented accordingly, and read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to be printed.—[Bill 220.]