HC Deb 15 April 1913 vol 51 cc1785-6

Private Bills [Lords] (Petition for additional Provision) (Standing Orders not complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petition for additional Provision in the following Bill, originating in the Lords, the Standing Orders have not been complied with, namely,

Metropolitan Water Board Bill [Lords].

Ordered, That the Report be referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders.

Crowborough District Gas and Electricity Bill,

Dundee Corporation (Improvements and Tramways) Bill,

Read the third time, and passed.

Humber Commercial Railway and Dock Bill (by Order).

Second Reading deferred till Friday.

Liverpool Corporation Bill,

Order for Second Reading read.


There is a Blocking Motion standing in my name, and a similar Motion stands in the name of several other Members of the House, against this Bill. I desire to ask leave to withdraw that Blocking Motion for the purpose of making a very short statement to the House on the subject. These Motions were put down by Members of the House who were in no way hostile to the proposals of the Bill or in any way anxious to prevent the Bill being passed by the House. They were put down for a special purpose in order that, if possible, an Instruction might be taken from this House to the Committee to which the Bill is referred, to hear before that Committee the representatives of the shipping interests of the Port of Liverpool for the purpose of discussing an important issue that has arisen between the shipping interest of the Port of Liverpool and the City Corporation in regard to the prices charged for water to the ships. We understand that by the Rules of the House such Instruction would be out of order, and under these circumstances I, on behalf of the shipping interest, desire to say this, by the leave of the House, that we wish well to the Bill; that we only hope that this dispute on an important matter may be settled between two such great interests at a very early date, and with these few words, I ask leave to withdraw the Blocking Motion.

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

Objection taken to further Proceeding. Second Reading deferred till Thursday, at a quarter-past Eight of the clock.

Local Government Provisional Orders (No. 5) Bill.

"To confirm certain Provisional Orders of the Local Government Board relating to Brynmawr, Cambridge, Chiswick, Croydon, Doncaster, Nelson, Rhondda, Willesden, and Wood Green." Presented by Mr. HERBERT LEWIS; supported by Mr. Burns; read the first time; to be referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, and to be printed.

Land Drainage Provisional Order Bill.

"To confirm a Provisional Order under the Land Drainage Act, 1861, in the matter of a proposed drainage district in the parishes of Holme St. Cuthbert, Allonby, and West Newton, in the county of Cumberland." Presented by Mr. RUNCIMAN; read the first time; to be referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, and to be printed.

London County Council (Money) Bill.

"To regulate the expenditure on capital account and lending of money by the London County Council during the financial period from the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, to the thirtieth day of September, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen." Presented, and read the first time; and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

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