HC Deb 20 July 1915 vol 73 cc1451-2

Order for Second Reading read.

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


As this Bill was not printed until five or six o'clock to-night—


It was in the Vote Office before four o'clock.


I went at the usual time after Questions and there was not a copy to be had then. I have read the Bill since, and I see no objection to it. But it seems to me rather wrong to pass Bills of this kind, which are of a technical nature, without their having been printed in convenient time. I think that such Bills ought to be printed in such time that we can examine them before Second Reading.


The Solicitor-General has a copy, my hon. and learned Friend has a copy, and I also have one. I, unfortunately, am only a layman; therefore my opinion is not worth much. But as far as I can make out, the Bill is a very good one, and it is wanted. I would suggest, however, that if we take the Second Reading "without further discussion, we might take the Committee and other stages tomorrow.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read a second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House for To-morrow.—[Mr. Walter Bea.]