HC Deb 24 February 1938 vol 332 cc647-8

Order for Second Reading read.

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

7.30 p.m.

Lord Apsley

A certain number of hon. Members opposite have been objecting to this Bill on the ground that there are differences of pensions in favour of this railway company as compared with others, and other hon. Members on this side, who are not present to-day, have been objecting to the Bill, not as a Bill, but have been objecting to it, and intend to object to all railway Bills, on the ground that the railways have not been affording facilities for booking for airways which are not connected with the railways. This matter has been raised in this House beforehand arising out of conversations which took place, certain airway companies have been giving booking facilities—Imperial Airways, Railway Air Services—

Mr. Speaker

According to a Ruling given by my predecessor in a similar case, I must rule that the hon. Member is not entitled to take advantage of the fact that there is an omnibus Bill of a particular railway company to raise a grievance which applies not to that particular railway company alone, but to all other railway companies. Therefore the reference which the hon. Member is making at the moment would not be in order on this Bill.

Lord Apsley

I am aware that I would not be in order on this Bill, and I wish to take this opportunity to state that objections will therefore continue, both in this House and in another place.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read a Second time, and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.