HC Deb 25 July 1899 vol 75 c216

Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Second Reading be deferred."—Mr. Caldwell.)

MR. DUNCOMBE (Cumberland, Egremont)

Why is this Bill to be postponed again? It apparently stands little chance of passing. Unless adequate reason is given I shall feel bound to oppose the motion.

MR. CALDWELL (Lanark, Mid.)

The proposal is in accordance with an arrangement made with the Treasury that it shall be put off till the 2nd August. Possibly the measure will be carried over till next session.


I think the reason given is altogether inadequate for postponing a Bill which is down "by Order." This Bill was introduced on its own bottom, and I cannot conceive any supporter of the Government having anything to do with it.

SIR CHARLES CAMERON (Glasgow, Bridgeton)

The postponement is due to the position of the Government Telephone Bill. In all probability it will be carried over till next session.

Question put, and agreed to.

Second Reading deferred till Wednesday, 2nd August.