§ The consent of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in right of his Duchy of Cornwall, signified.
The CHAIRMAN of COMMITTEES (The Earl of MORLEY)
I should like to call your Lordships' attention to the fact that a clause has been introduced into this Bill protecting the G-as and Water Companies' pipes against injury by the tramways' electric current, and providing compensation for any damage done. The decision of the Select Committee to whom this Bill was referred, in introducing this clause, rather goes against certain portions of the Joint Committee's clause of 1893. It is a point of very considerable importance. I am bound to say, however, that the condition of London itself and the very large interests that are involved do not render it necessary for me to take any action on the clause, but I thought it was one which ought to be mentioned to the House, because it undoubtedly does affect to some extent some of the provisions of the Joint Committee's clause of 1893.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be read a third time."—(The Earl of Morley)
§ On Question, agreed to.
§ Bill road 3a, with the Amendments; a further Amendment made; Bill passed, and returned to the Commons.