HC Deb 01 April 1913 vol 51 cc347-8

Order for Second Reading read.

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


This is one of those Bills to which the House ought to give careful consideration. I understand that the Bill is not in charge of hon. Members from Scotland, and numerous communications have reached me from various local authorities in Scotland suggesting that they are perfectly competent to govern their own police and to arrange their own affairs in this respect. It is on that ground that I think we are entitled to some information from the Mover of this Bill. The government of the police raises the very important question of the relations between the central authority, that is Parliament, and the various county councils and authorities throughout the whole of Scotland. I have never heard it suggested that those who are responsible for local government in Scotland are one whit behind those who are responsible in other parts of the country. On the contrary, they claim to be…

It being Eleven of the clock, the Debate stood adjourned. Debate to be resumed to-morrow (Wednesday).

The Orders for the remaining business were read, and postponed