moved—That the order made on the 2nd day of March last That no Bill brought from the House of Commons confirming any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate shall be read a second time after Tuesday the 26th day of June next,'be dispensed with, and that the Bills be now read a second time. The noble Lord said, these Provisional Orders (Nos. 5 and 8) were of great importance, as they related to large Metropolitan areas; and unless the Order of the House were relaxed, as he now proposed, the electric lighting improvements in the districts concerned would have to be postponed for at least two years, under the Act of 1882.
§ THE EARL OF REDESDALE (CHAIRMAN Of COMMITTEES)
thought there could be no objection to the course suggested.
§ THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY
Can the noble Lord tell us whether any agreement has been come to for the opening of the St. James's district to a larger competition than that allowed by the Bill?
said, no actual agreement had been arrived at between the parties; but there was reason to hope that agreement might be come to. The Bill would probably have to be referred to a Select Committee.
Motion agreed to; Bills read 2a accordingly, and committed. The Committees to be proposed by the Committee of Selection.