§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading, read.
§ THE LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Viscount CRANBROOK)
My Lords, I find that by some inadvertence the Bill which I proposed to read a second time to-day has not been printed. One might have supposed that during the interval which has elapsed since the Bill was last before the House, namely, Monday last, and handed in in a printed form, it would have been in readiness, but that seems not to be so. Without the prints I do not think it would be right of me to take it, as it has been slightly altered since it was before your Lordships last year. I will, therefore, defer it to Monday.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR
I cannot help saying that complaints have been constantly made of delays in printing. On the last occasion, I thought it right to send to the persons whom I thought responsible for them, and a reply was received that the delay would not occur again, but it seems to be the old story. I am sorry that the negligence should have recurred.
§ Second Reading put off to Monday next.