* THE PAYMASTER GENERAL (The Earl of JERSEY)
My Lords, I beg to move the Motion which stands in my name, that the Sessional Order of the 10th March last be dispensed with for the purpose of reading certain Bills confirming Local Government Provisional Orders. These Bills have been delayed in coming up to your Lordships' House, though they were introduced into the House of Commons in time, partly owing to some difficulties of printing, and partly, also, owing to the opposition which was offered to some of them.
Moved, That the Sessional Order of the 10th of March last—
That no Bill brought from the House of Commons confirming any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate shall be read a second time after Friday the 27th day of June next
be dispensed with in regard to certain Bills, and that the Bills be read 2a.
THE EARL OF MORLEY
It is quite true, as the noble Earl says, that the Bills were introduced just in time in the House of Commons to comply with the Sessional Orders of this House; but they were only read the first time on the 3rd June. I think the House will admit that this did not allow a sufficient margin to enable the Sessional Order which is passed in this House each year to be complied with. I have seen the subordinates of the noble Lord on the Local Government Board, and they have explained to me various matters of difficulty connected with these Bills. Therefore, I shall not oppose this Motion; but I am sorry to say there are other Bills coming up from the same office at a later stage on which I shall have to say a few words, and with regard to which I cannot pledge myself at the present time as to what action I shall take.
§ On Question, agreed to.