§ Order of the Day for the Second Heading read.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a."—(The Lord President.)
THE DUKE OF RICHMOND AND GORDON
said, he proposed in Committee to offer some Amendments to this Bill; but he would point out to the noble Lord the Lord President of the Council the very great desirability of explaining more distinctly the provisions of Clauses 2 and 3. There was very great misapprehension as to what they were intended to meet, and they alarmed a great number of people. He thought probably that if the noble Lord would explain them thoroughly he would facilitate the passage of the Bill. He should himself propose an Amendment to Clause 1, which he hoped would be satisfactory to both sides of the House. In that clause the Government had already gone some way in the direction in which the hon. Member for Mid Lincolnshire (MR. Chaplin) desired them to go, and he trusted that they would be willing to go a little further on the same path. He objected to the clause limiting the operation of the Bill to a period of two years. If the measure was necessary now for the prevention of the introduction of foot-and-mouth disease, why should it be less necessary to take similar precautions two years hence? Who would embark any large amount of capital in agriculture, in the hope that foot-and-mouth disease would be reduced to a minimum, when it should come to 1305 be known that in two years' time the precautions which the farmers now desired would no longer be taken? In Committee he should ask their Lordships to reject the clause.
§ LORD CARLINGFORD (LORD PRESIDENT of the COUNCIL)
said, that there was nothing unusual in providing that a Bill should have a limited duration. Why should not Parliament be given an opportunity of considering at a future time the particular means laid down in the Bill for the prevention of foot-and-mouth disease? He thought it would be well if he reserved his explanation of the reasons for the introduction of the three clauses to which the noble Duke objected until Thursday, when he hoped the Committee stage would be taken.
§ Motion agreed to; Bill read 2a accordingly, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday next.