HL Deb 30 June 1881 vol 262 cc1604-5

(The Lord Chancellor.)


Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.

Moved, "That the Bill be now read 3a"—(The Lord Chancellor.)


said, that when the Bill had been appointed for the third reading for a previous day, he had been presumptuous enough—as he had announced to the noble Marquess (the Marquess of Salisbury) on account of a new Amendment—to intend to move its rejection. He had thus proposed, because he recollected a Bill on the subject of Affirmations instead of Oaths being rejected—although it had passed the House of Commons, and been brought forward by his lamented Relative—without any previous Notice—even Lord Brougham speaking and voting against his paralytic Friend; but he had given Notice, after the delay, and he called to their Lordships' remembrance the Life Peerage Bill, 1869, which, as at first framed, would have allowed 23 Life Peers, at one time, to sit in their Lordships' House This, in Committee, had been reduced to two; but the present Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, having accused their Lordships of tinkering the Bill, it was thrown out. The other Bill was the London Bridge Approaches Bill; and by the exertions of a noble Earl, late Secretary of State for the Colonies, that Bill had failed to obtain a third reading. He (Lord Denman), failing to obtain a Teller, the Bill was, as stated, passed.

Amendment moved, to leave out ("now") and add at the end of the motion ("this day three months.")—(The Lord Denman.)

On question, that ("now") stand part of the Motion, resolved in the affirmative; Bill read 3a accordingly; amendments made; Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.