§ On the Order for the Second Reading of the Public Libraries Bill,
I think I ought to give your Lordships one word of explanation as to the course I propose to pursue with regard to this Bill. It was originally intended to introduce it into the other House, and seeing that not only did it deal with the Public Libraries Act of 1892 and 1893, but that more than one clause dealt with the power of local authorities to levy rates, no doubt it would probably have been more in consonance with usual practice and procedure that it should have been introduced into the other House; but when it became apparent that it was impossible for it to pass the House of Commons this year it was thought advisable that it should be intro- 1293 duced into your Lordships' House, so that it could be printed and circulated, and that the provisions might be examined. With that intention I put it down for Second Reading; but I understand that the Local Government Board have not been able to give it any serious or full consideration; and therefore, seeing that it is perfectly impossible that it can go any further than your Lordships' House this year, I do not propose to proceed with it any further this Session.
§ Order for Second Reading discharged.