§ Shropshire, Worcestershire, and Staffordshire Electric Power Bill (changed from "Shropshire and Worcestershire Electric Power Bill"). As amended, considered; to be read the third time.
§ Gosport and Farcham Tramways Bill [Lords]; Great Central Railway (Pension Fund) Bill [Lords]; Hastings Tramways Bill [Lords]; Metropolitan and Great Central Railway Companies Bill [Lords]; South Lancashire Tramways Bill [Lords]; Western Valleys (Monmouthshire) Water and Gas Bill [Lords] Read a second time, and committed.
§ MR. DALZIEL (Kirkcaldy Burghs)
said he wished to make a personal explanation. It would be within the recollection of the House that he had opposed this Bill, and he now complained that the agent in charge of the Bill had issued what he regarded as a gratuitous and impertinent letter. He opposed the Bill on an important question of administration. The agent called upon him several times, and he tried to see him, but was unsuccessful. He addressed a letter to him only a couple of days ago, in which he included a large number of objectionable phrases, which he thought was an undertaking of very great presumption. Any Member 922 of the House was entitled to object to a Bill for reasons which he considered adequate, without being subjected to a personal letter, addressed to him and circulated amongst hon. Members of this House. He had only to say that he had since received an apology from the chairman of the company on behalf of the directors in which he entirely dissociated himself from the letter which had been issued by the agent, and under these circumstances he had no further opposition to offer to the Bill.
§ MR. SPEAKER
The hon. Member was perfectly justified in calling attention to the subject.
Rathmines and Rathgar Extension and Improvement Bill (by Order). As amended, considered; to be read the third time.
South Wales Electrical Power Distribution Company Bill. Ordered, That, in the case of the South Wales Electrical Power Distribution Company Bill, Standing Orders 220 and 246 be suspended, and that the Lords Amendments be now considered.—(Mr. Caldwell.)
§ Lords Amendments considered accordingly, and agreed to.