HL Deb 28 June 1900 vol 84 cc1273-4

House in Committee (according to Order).


My Lords, there is only one observation I desire to make at this stage of the Bill. The Bill was referred to a Select Committee and certain amendments made, only one of which I think it is necessary for mo to mention. I refer to the omission of the clause inserted at the instance of the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack, requiring the leave of a Judge or other judicial person before any proceedings could be commenced under the Bill if it became law. The Committee were unanimously of opinion that that clause would impede the working of the Act, and that it was not necessary, but I wish to say that if my noble and learned friend on the Woolsack insists upon its insertion I shall not feel able to oppose him. At the same time my noble and learned friend will probably not think it right to discuss the matter at this stage, as he will have another opportunity of doing so should be adhere to his view.

Amendments proposed by the Select Committee, agreed to.

Moved, "That the Standing Committee be negatived."—(Lord Russell of Killowen.)


Of course, the noble Lord has a perfect right to move that the Standing Committee be negatived, but I think it is rather contrary to our rule in a Bill of this sort.


I am informed that when a Bill has been before a Select Committee, on which there were several legal persons, it is usual to negative the Standing Committee, but if I am wrong in that I will not press the motion.

On Question, agreed to; the Report of Amendments to be received To-morrow.