HL Deb 07 August 1871 vol 208 c955

(The Lord Chelmsford.)

(NOS. 283–302.) COMMITTEE.

Order of the Day for the House to be put in Committee read.


said, he was willing to assent to an Amendment which would, he hoped, disarm some opposition which had arisen to the Bill from an unexpected quarter. It was meant that the Bill should apply strictly to the case of lodgers, but unfortunately the word "under-tenant" was introduced into the Bill. Now, if a lessee were to grant the whole of his lease except one day to another person, the latter would be an under-tenant. It would be highly improper to exempt such a person from a distress levied by the superior landlord. He proposed, therefore, to strike out the word, "under-tenant" wherever it occurred, and also to provide that the Bill should not apply to Scotland.


said, the system of what he might term small hour legislation in the House of Commons had the result of sending Bills up to this House, especially the Bills of private Members, in a condition so imperfect that the duty of additional vigilance in respect of them was imposed upon this House.

House in Committee.

Amendments made; The Report thereof to be received To-morrow; and Bill to be printed, as amended. (No. 302.)

House adjourned at half-past Seven o'clock 'till To-morrow, a quarter before Five o'clock.