§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ EARL CAIRNS
, in moving that the Bill be now read a second time, said, the object of the Bill was to remove some technical difficulties that had arisen in connection with the working of his own Act, which was passed a few years ago. That Act, he reminded their Lordships, was introduced in the House of Lords; and when it came back from the House of Commons at the close of the Session, it was found that a number of Amendments had been made. At the time he (Earl Cairns) expressed the opinion that these Amendments would give rise to difficulties, but said that the stage of the Bill was too critical to justify them in restoring it to its original condition. The experience they had gained since the Act came into operation showed that the fears he had expressed were well founded. Difficulties had arisen which it was the main object of this Bill to remove.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a."—(The Earl Cairns.)
§ Motion agreed, to; Bill read 2a accordingly, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday the 13th instant.