HL Deb 07 August 1888 vol 329 cc1821-2

said, he wished to give notice, with reference to the Local Government Bill, that it was not proposed to ask the House to take the Report stage to-morrow, but to put it down for consideration on Thursday. He would ask permission, also, to make a statement with reference to two points which arose in the course of the discussion of the Bill in Committee. In the course of the discussion on one clause reference was made to certain provisional proposals with regard to the numbers of the County Councillors and Aldermen in England and Wales and the County of London which had been circulated in "another place." He had obtained copies of that print for the use of their Lordships, and they would be found in the Paper Office. Only a limited number remained from the previous printing, but others would be printed as soon as possible. He would wish, however, to remind their Lordships that the proposals were only provisional and intended for the purpose of discussion. It was, therefore, desirable that any representations founded upon those proposals should be submitted to the Local Government Board with the least possible delay. There was another point he desired to mention. A general opinion was expressed on both sides of the House that power should be given to the County Councils to apoint Deputy Chairmen as well as Chairmen. He was not able to accept the proposal last night, but he was now authorized to say that an Amendment would be proposed on the Report stage authorizing each County Council to appoint a Deputy Chairman as well as a Chairman. There was, however, this difference, that the appointment of a Deputy Chairman should be made from among the Councillors or Aldermen, and that the Council should not, as in the case of the Chairman, be able to look outside their own Body. With respect to the time at which this Bill would come before their Lordships, as the principle was not contested, he hoped, in spite of its great length and importance, that unless something unforeseen arose, their Lordships would do as the other House of Parliament did, and would take the third reading at the same time as the Report stage.