HC Deb 07 June 1899 vol 72 cc541-2

Considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)


The three new clauses standing in the name of the hon. Member for Stockport are out of order. They are drawn in such a way that they could not be accepted as Amendments to this Bill. They are in effect Amendments of the Factory Acts.


I respectfully submit that th second of my proposed clauses does not in any way deal with the Factory Acts, although I admit frankly that the third one does. The second clause merely exempts from this Act a certain trade, but if the Chairman rules that I am out of order I shall be out of court.

MR. JAMES LOWTHER (Kent, Thanet)

On a point of order, I wish to know whether it would be possible for me to extend the exception to persons engaged in agriculture.


The exception of persons employed in agriculture has already been inserted in the Bill. I have given the best consideration I can to the matter, and I think the hon. Member's clause as drawn is on the wrong side of the line, and therefore I cannot accept it.


I am sorry I have gone over the line; but I think, after your ruling, Sir, I will with-draw both clauses, and submit them in a different form on the Report stage.