§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ 3.59 p.m.
§ Mr. G. A. Pargiter (Southall)
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
I hope that nothing will happen to prevent the passage of the Bill to a Standing Committee forthwith, though I must say that I have some doubts about how far it is likely to get when I consider what might happen. I hope that the Bill receives adequate discussion. It is of considerable importance both to this House and to the local authorities, most of whom have expressed themselves in favour of a Measure of this kind and also to that overburdened section of the community, the ratepayers, in meeting the cost of the local services. It is in that respect that the Bill should commend itself to the House.
I have some historical facts about this problem, but—
§ It being Four o'clock, Mr. SPEAKER interrupted the business.
§ Bill to be read a Second time upon Friday, 13th May.