HL Deb 08 February 1858 vol 148 c807



presented a Bill to facilitate the Sale of Land. The noble and learned Lord said, that a paragraph in Her Majesty's Speech at the opening of the Session announced the preparation of a measure for simplifying the sale and transfer of land, and he now presented to their Lordships a Bill on the subject, to which he asked their Lordships to give a first reading. This measure was one of the fruits of the recommendations made by the Commission appointed by the Crown four years ago pursuant to a Resolution of the House of Commons. That Commission had made a most elaborate and able Report; and although he was bound to say that he could not concur in all the recommendations contained in the Report, yet the present Bill, which was mainly founded upon one of them, had his entire concurrence and approval. He now asked their Lordships to give the Bill a first reading, and he proposed to have it read a second time that day fortnight, when he should feel it to be his duty not only to explain the measure itself, but also explain why he did not feel himself warranted in going the whole length of the recommendations in the Commission.

Bill read 1a.

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