HC Deb 14 March 1905 vol 142 c1461


Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time. "

MR. JOHN BURNS (Battersea)

stated that an arrangement had been come to by which this measure was to receive a Second Reading that night. The opponents of the other Bill, which was promoted by the London County Council, had agreed not to object to the Second Reading of this measure on condition that the Council, on whose behalf he spoke, withdrew all except a certain portion of it. Both parties, however, reserved full rights before the Committee which would consider the Bills. In these circumstances he did not move the rejection of the City of London Bill.

MR. W. F. D. SMITH (Strand, Westminster),

on behalf of the Metropolitan Unionist Members, agreed to the arrangement suggested by the hon. Member for Battersea. Part 8 of the County Council Bill would not be opposed by the London Unionist Members, who agreed that that part of the Bill, together with the City of London Bill, should be read a second time.

MR. BIGWOOD (Middlesex, Brentford)

said that this arrangement also had the consent of the other opponents of the Bill.