HC Deb 14 March 1906 vol 153 c1364

Order for Second Reading read.

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

Debate arising,

MR. CLAUDE HAY (Shoreditch, Hoxton)

said that at that time of the night the Bill could not be adequately discussed, but on behalf of a number of his constituents he had to protest against a Bill which would interfere with their occupation. So far as he understood the Bill, it practically gave a sort of monopoly to limited companies, which would interfere with those who had many onerous and difficult duties cast upon them. Chemists in various districts of London felt very keenly upon this subject. They said it was an attempt to filch their rights from them—to permit poisons and other commodities to be sold by what could only be called a subterfuge by persons who were not qualified and who had not been subjected to the training and tests of those in private trade.

And, it being midnight, the debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed upon Tuesday next.

Adjourned at three minutes after Twelve o'clock.