§ [SECOND READING.]
§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."
§ MR. CALDWELL (Lanarkshire, Mid.)
said this measure had had a very eventful 1844 Parliamentary career. It was introduced in 1892, and took six or seven years to pass through the House of Lords, during which it underwent an enormous amount of amendment. Marine insurance had this peculiarity: for 500 years it had stood as part of the common law of the country without a single Act of Parliament dealing with it. The reason was obvious. In dealing with a constantly changing subject such as shipping, it was impossible to lay down on the Statute-book any fixed principles.
§ Message to attend the Lords Commissioners.
§ The House went; and, being returned,
§ MR. SPEAKER reported the Royal Assent to Consolidated Fund (No. 1) Act, 1905.