§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ LORD KINGSDOWN
, in moving the second reading of this measure, stated that its object was to place persons residing in London, and within a circuit of ten miles round it, upon the same footing as regarded facilities for the making of affidavits, to be used in any of the Superior Courts, as Her Majesty's subjects in all other parts of the country. The Bill would assimilate the practice of the Common Law Courts to that of the Court of Chancery, and abolish a kind of monopoly in taking affidavits, that at present existed. The Bill also gave the Common Law Courts the power of appointing Commissioners to receive affidavits in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, in the same manner as the Court of Chancery.
thought that the measure deserved the approbation of their Lordships and of the country, and trusted it would receive the support of the House.
§ Bill read 2a and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.