§ THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (The Earl of MORLEY) moved the Second Reading of this Bill.
§ THE EARL OF DENBIGH
said, that on such an occasion, when they were awaiting a statement of great importance, he would not detain their Lordships by speaking on the Second Reading of a private Bill; but he wished to say, as a Member of the Committee which inquired into the Betterment question last year, and the only Committee of either House which had gone into the question, that very great objection was taken to the Bill as it now came before their Lordships' House; and when the Bill came back from the Committee for a Third Reading it would probably be examined in great detail. For the present he merely wished to enter a protest against the terms of a compromise arrived at by certain parties in the London County Council, and to say that this compromise was regarded by a great number of persons who had been no parties to it themselves as being very inequitable and very unjust.
§ Bill read 2a.