HC Deb 08 March 1900 vol 80 cc352-3

Order for Second Reading read.


I understand that this Bill has been postponed until the 22nd instant by arrangement.

MR. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S.W.)

May I ask if it could not possibly be taken before that date? There are several Bills of a like character which are to be referred to a Select Committee, and think that it would be a great pity if the proceedings of that Committee were delayed by reason of this Bill not being ready.

MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)

I can assure the hon. Member that he need be under no apprehension in regard to this matter. There are considerations entirely separate affecting this Bill, and I do not think anybody will be disposed under the circumstances to delay the proceedings of the Select Committee by unduly postponing this Bill. The object of the postponement is to endeavour, if possible, to come to some general agreement, and I do trust that the House may not be troubled by any debate upon the Bill.

Bill ordered to be read a second time upon Thursday, 22nd March.