HC Deb 19 March 1900 vol 80 cc1164-5

Order for Second Reading read.

SIR F. DIXON-HARTLAND (Middlesex, Uxbridge)

I do not intend to proceed with the motion for the rejection of this Bill which stands on the Paper in my name. The object of some of the clauses of the Bill was to take a very large quantity of water from the Thames, and allow it to be passed into the mains of one of the London Water Companies without the consent either of this House, or of the Conservators of the River Thames. The company promoting the Bill were informed that Parliament was not at all likely to consent to such a measure, and they have agreed to withdraw all the contentious clauses from the Bill, and also to repeal all the clauses in their old Act which gave them power to sell water in bulk, either inside or outside their constituency. Under these circumstances I hope the House will be satisfied, and will give the Bill a Second Reading.

Mr. HUDSON (Hertfordshire, Hitchin)

I also had a motion down, but I have been before the Chairman of Ways and Means to-day, and the promoters having made concessions I shall not press my opposition.

Bill read a second time, and committed.