HL Deb 25 July 1878 vol 242 cc213-4

On the Order for going into Committee on the Tramways Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Bill and the Tramways Orders Confirmation (No. 2) Bill,


asked that the Order should be postponed, and he intended to-morrow to bring before the House certain Resolutions regarding the use of steam power on tramways. It would be well, he thought, that the whole matter should be discussed together.


said, on Monday week the noble Earl at the Table requested him. to postpone the consideration of these Bills in Committee. He then stated that he could not postpone them for more than a week or 10 days. As then agreed, he had put these Bills off till to-day. He could not do more than that in justice to the promoters, for they had been put to very great expense and trouble by the action of Parliament during the last two years. In fairness to them, he could not put the consideration of them off longer, and the noble Earl himself said he did not wish the Bills to be lost by lapse of time. He (Lord Henniker) was quite ready to go on with them; but after what the noble Earl had said, he could do no less than to put them off; for it would, probably, be more convenient to their Lordships to consider the main question in dispute —that was to say, the use of steam on tramways—on the discussion upon the Motion of the noble Earl, when the whole question would be raised. He did so with regret, for he thought the promoters and others concerned in these Bills had good reason for asking their Lordships to come to a speedy decision on this subject.


said, there were six other Bills of a similar character involving the use of steam power.

Committee put off till To-morrow.