HC Deb 19 March 1900 vol 80 c1288

Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a Second time."—(Mr. Steadman.)

MR. BANBURY (Camberwell, Peckham)

I do not think the hon. Member can expect to get a Bill which proposes to limit the hours of labour to forty-eight per week—and which is to all intents and purposes an eight hours Bill—through in two minutes. He has given us no reason why this Bill should be passed at all. If it is put down for a later day we shall have an opportunity of hearing his reasons for bringing in this Bill. In no industry in England has any legislation been passed which would have the effect of limiting the hours of adult labour.

MR. STEADMAN (Tower Hamlets, Stepney)

What about railway men?


The case is different, because railway men have certain responsibilities put upon them for the safety of the public. This is a totally different thing, for it practically says—

It being Midnight, the Debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed To-morrow.

Adjourned at two minutes after Twelve of the clock