§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ * THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
In moving the Second Reading of this Bill it is necessary that I 941 should tell the House that the object of the measure is solely to simplify and to facilitate the management of existing commons. The rights of the lord of the manor are safeguarded, and there is no reason to fear any addition to the rates through it. As far as the Government are concerned they have no objection to the passing of the Bill.
§ Motion made and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."
§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I do not propose to offer any objection to the passing of this Bill, especially as it has now been moved from the Government side of the House. In its original form it was a Bill we very strongly approved, but during its passage through the House of Lords it was altered to such an extent that we do not care much whether it passes or not. I believe it does on the whole make some improvement in the present condition of things, and therefore I shall not oppose it.