HL Deb 22 July 1889 vol 338 cc949-50

Order of the Day for the House to be put into Committee (on Re-commitment) read.


My Lords, Her Majesty's Government have considered their position in regard to this measure, and in view of the state of business in another place, I think I should only be putting your Lordships to useless and unnecessary trouble if I asked the House to further consider this Bill. I beg, therefore, to withdraw the Bill from the consideration of the House, and I propose as early as possible next Session to bring in a Bill dealing with the sub- ject. As originally introduced, the Bill had in it a clause dealing with juvenile offenders, and the Standing Committee are of opinion that that subject hardly comes within the scope of this Bill. I have, therefore, promised to take it out of the Bill, and to introduce a separate Bill dealing with the subject-matter of the clause. That promise I have carried out in the Juvenile Offenders Bill, which now stands on the Paper for Second Reading.


I hope that the Amendments which have been made by the Standing Committee, and which are embodied in the reprint of the Bill, will be adopted in the Bill which the noble Lord has now suggested is likely to be brought forward at the commencement of next Session; and that all the Amendments still standing on the Paper which are considered to be of very great importance by those who take an interest in the subject will be considered by the Government in framing the new measure.

Order discharged; and Bill (by leav of the House) withdrawn.