§ Ordered, That, in the case of the Great Southern and Western and Waterford and Central Ireland Railway Companies Amalgamation Bill [Lords], Standing Order 235 be suspended, and that the Bill be now read a second time.—(Mr. Caldwell.)
§ Bill accordingly read a second time, and committed.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Standing Orders relative to the Committal and Report stages of Private Bills, and Standing Orders 223 and 243, be suspended, and that the Bill be now read the third time." —(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)
§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
asked if the motion put from the Chair covered beth the Second and Third Readings—beth being "by Order." He never remembered seeing that before.
§ *MR. SPEAKER
said the circumstances were somewhat peculiar, the Bill having been dealt with by a joint Committee. The Bill had been read a second time, and this was a motion which practically suspended the Report stage. At the close of the session it was not at all uncommon to suspend the Standing Orders in order to carry a Bill of this character through its different stages.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Bill accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.