§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading, read.
THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (The Earl of ONLOW)
, in moving that the Bill be now read a second time, said, the object of the Bill was to carry out a Convention entered into with the Government of other Powers interested in the North Sea fisheries. The Bill sought to prevent what was becoming a very grave scandal—namely, the sale of spirituous liquors on board vessels known as "coopers." The measure was identical with the legislation proposed by the other countries interested, and the penalties were the same as those imposed by the Sea Fisheries Act of 1883.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a."—(The Earl of Onslow.)
§ Motion agreed to; Bill read 2a accordingly, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House To-morrow.