HC Deb 14 June 1898 vol 59 cc182-3
MR. KNOX (Londonderry)

rose to move— That it be an instruction to the Committee to inquire whether, having regard to the increased powers proposed to be conferred upon the board, any change should be made in the qualification for electors or otherwise regarding the election of members of the board, and, if they think fit, to make any alterations in the Bill in that regard.


This instruction is not in order. The Bill does not deal at all with the constitution of the Belfast Harbour authority. The instruction proposes that the Committee shall have power to inquire whether any alteration of the qualification of electors should be made. This travels outside the scope of the Bill. When a harbour authority has been duly constituted, and when it comes afterwards for further powers of the kind usually exercised by harbour authorities, its constitution cannot be altered on such a Bill by an instruction.


I will raise the subject on a future occasion.