HL Deb 19 February 1858 vol 148 cc1718-9

, while asking his noble and learned Friend on the woolsack when the Government measure would be introduced, would take the opportunity of stating that he had omitted last night to add that his Bill, which was then read a first time, contained a specific provision to prevent the scandal happening again, which was at present a disgrace to the law. He alluded to English debtors going from England to Scotland to avail themselves of the proceedings of the Scotch bankrupt law, and to avoid the operation of the English bankrupt law, as had recently occurred in the case of Mr. Stevens, the manager of the Eastern Banking Corporation. He had also introduced into the Bill what were called the "dead-men's clauses," applicable both to bankrupts and insolvents, which he had introduced into the measure of 1849, and had only withdrawn at the request of the late Lord Cottenham.


said, the Government Bill was actually prepared. Whether it would be introduced in this or the other House he could not say, but he had no doubt it would be introduced in a very few days.

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