HC Deb 11 April 1912 vol 36 cc1514-5

Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—[Mr. Remnant.]


I think this is one of those Bills which deserve the careful attention of the House. The Bill was introduced, I have no doubt, in good faith, and I understand it is the completion of legislation which has already taken place in regard to London. At the same time it is a matter of surprise to me that there is apparently no one in Scotland prepared to bring in this particular Bill, and it is brought in by a London Member. I do not wish to carry that point too far, except to say that it is naturally a matter of surprise that some patriotic Member from north of the Cheviots has not had the courage to bring it in. With regard to the objects of the Bill, so far as I can make out in the absence of any explanation from the Mover, which I profoundly regret, they seem to show some sympathy with the police force. To that extent the Bill meets with my admiration and approval. The police undoubtedly require consideration. As a rule their duties are performed impartially, and I think their duties, which have sometimes to be done under trying circumstances, are of great service to the community. I think the police do very well, even if the soldiers are not brought out. If there was anything in the Bill to indicate that they would do their duty so as to avoid the use of military force, I would be more inclined to support it.

Attention called to the fact that forty Members were not present. House counted, and forty Members being found present,



And, it being Eleven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed upon Monday next.

Adjourned at Eight minutes after Eleven o'clock.