§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading, read.
THE LORD PRIVY SEAL (Lord TWEEDMOUTH),
in moving the Second Reading, said, the object of the Bill was to remedy an inconvenience which had arisen under the Act of 1892. Section 29 of that Act provided that burghs of between 50,000 and 200,000 population should only have 18 Councillors, and it was now sought to increase that number to 24. It was not compulsory on burghs to adopt that number, but they would have power to add to their numbers up to 24, where they thought fit, if the Bill passed.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a."—(The Lord Tweedmowth.)
§ Motion agreed to; Bill read 2a accordingly, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday, the 28th instant.