HL Deb 24 August 1883 vol 283 c1822

said, he desired to call attention to a matter which. might seem of small importance, but which affected the procedure of the House and the convenience of their Lordships. It would be remembered that on the third reading of the Agricultural Holdings Bill many important Amendments were introduced in that House. He found on inquiry that it had not hitherto been the custom of that House to reprint Bills with the Amendments introduced on the third reading. They were always reprinted when Amendments were made on the Report, which greatly facilitated reference to what had been done. But when a Bill went down to the House of Commens after third reading with Amendments, there was no reprint and no means of access to the Bill in the form in which it left that House. Thus it was almost impossible to understand and follow the alterations made. He therefore ventured to move, though he had not given Notice of it, that it be an Order of that House that Bills amended on the Third Reading in that House should be always reprinted.

Moved, "That Bills amended on Third Reading in this House be always reprinted as amended."—(The Duke of Argyll.)


said, he entirely agreed with the noble Duke as to the great inconvenience which was recently felt. He thought that such an Order was necessary for practical purposes—that was to say, it would cause a permanent record to be made of the state in which every Bill left their Lordships' House.

Motion agreed to.