HL Deb 17 March 1845 vol 78 c952
Lord Monteagle

moved the second reading of this Bill, to which he trusted that no opposition would be given, as it was his intention that the fullest opportunity should be afforded for the consideration of the Bill. The subject was one entitled to the attention of the Government. At present the gaols in Ireland were full of pauper lunatics, who were kept without medical or moral treatment. The object of the Bill which he proposed was not to make any compulsory regulation with respect to the subject, but to give the Lord Lieutetenant of Ireland (if he thought fit) a power which he did not now possess, of classifying pauper lunatics in a similar way to that done under the law in this country. He would merely propose to have the Bill now read a second time, with the view that time should be given for its future consideration.

The Duke of Wellington

would not object to the second reading of the Bill. At the same time, he believed that his right hon. Friend the Secretary for Ireland had given notice in another place of his intention to introduce a measure on this subject, and which measure he hoped to be able to perfect. However, as the principle was admitted, the only difference that could arise was, as to the particular mode of effecting the object in view. As the noble Lord said that he did not mean to bring the Bill forward, he would not object to its being read a second time.

Bill read a second time.

House adjourned.