§ House in Committee (according to order).
§ Amendments reported (according to order).
§ LORD HERSCHELL
I have to propose an Amendment to this Bill. It is little more than a verbal Amendment; but it has been suggested to me by the President of the Local Government Board, and I think it carries out the intention of the Bill. As the Bill is worded, it enables subscriptions to be provided by the County Councils to form a Common Fund, and the intention no doubt was to form a single Association, of which all the County Councils in England and Wales might be members. The President of the Local Government Board has thought it might be considered that power was given to subscribe to an unlimited number of Associations. That was not the intention of the Bill, and, therefore, I propose to amend it so that it will read that it is formed for the purpose of consulting upon matters to the common interest of County Councils in England and Wales. That meets the objection of the President of the Local Government Board, and he approves that Amendment.
Amendment proposed, in Clause 1, line 6, to leave out the words "purposes aforesaid," in order to insert the words—
purpose of consultations as to their common interests and the discussion of matters relating to local government,"—(The Lord Herschell.)
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Bill to be read 3a to-morrow.