§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
My Lords, this is a very short Bill, but a very important one. It proposes to amend the Outdoor Relief (Friendly Societies) Act, 1894, 1350 giving boards of guardians discretion as to whether or not they should take into consideration the amount received by a member of a friendly society in granting outdoor relief. The proposal in this Bill is to limit the discretion of boards of guardians by enacting that in granting outdoor relief to a member of any friendly society the board of guardian shall not take into consideration any sum received from such benefit society as sick pay, except in so far as such sum shall exceed five shillings a week. The Bill has the support of His Majesty's Government, by whom it was amended in the House of Commons, and I beg to move that it be read a second time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(Lord Monkswell.)
§ On question, agreed to, Bill read 2a accordingly, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday next.