§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ THE EARL OF ROMNEY
moved the second reading of the Bill, the intention of which was to do away with local difficulties 1600 occasioned by the size and struggling character of the hundreds, and transferring the charge for the maintenance of the bridge in the hundreds to the county.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a."—(The Earl of Romney.)
§ LORD REDESDALE
said, he did not think it was either fair or desirable to transfer a charge which was now borne by a particular locality to the county fund.
THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM
observed, that the noble Earl had not informed the House what other bridges besides those of hundreds would be affected by the measure; nor had any reason been given for the proposal to transfer the charge for the maintenance of the roads over the bridges to a fund other than that which maintained the roads over the ordinary bridges. He could not see that it would be right to make the change contemplated by the Bill.
§ LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
said, he did not think any just cause had been adduced for transferring the charge in question from the hundreds to the whole of the county.
§ After a short conversation,
§ LORD REDESDALE,
not wishing to see the Bill entirely rejected until more information had been obtained on the subject, said he would move the Previous Question.
§ And a Question being stated thereupon, the Question was put, Whether the said Question shall be now put?
§ Resolved in the Negative.