HC Deb 15 February 1901 vol 89 cc174-5
MR. FENWTCK (Northumberland, Wansbeck)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to introduce a measure this session to provide for the better inspection of boilers.


I have not in contemplation any general legislation on the subject of boilers; but in the Bill of which I have given notice there will be found provisions dealing with the matter so far as regards factories and workshops.


I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether, in the case of the seven Provisional Orders applied for to the Secretary for Scotland under The Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, which have been ordered to be dealt with as Private Bills and not as Provisional Orders, the 129 petitions which have been deposited in opposition to those Orders at the office of the Secretary for Scotland, and are now superseded, will be held to be petitions in opposition to those Bills in Parliament, and thereby avoid the necessity and expense of depositing fresh petitions under the Standing Orders of Parliament; and, if so, whether the fees paid on the deposit of those petitions at the office of the Secretary for Scotland will be refunded, or the corresponding fees payable under the Standing Orders of Parliament remitted in the case of the said Orders and petitions, in the event of the said Orders being proceeded with in Parliament.


The Secretary for Scotland has been in communication with the authorities of the two Houses of Parliament on this point; and it has been arranged that notice of motion will be given in each House on the first opportunity to the effect that petitions relating to Provisional Orders under the Scottish Procedure Act shall in the case referred to by the hon. Member be treated as petitions relating to the substituted Bills. The question of fees has also been under consideration and will be settled as soon as possible, but the hon. Member may assume that they will not be charged twice over.