§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(The Earl of Morley.)
§ THE DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND
My Lords, this is one of several Bills dealing with electric railways in the Metropolis, and I should like to know if it is considered that the principle of these Bills is assented to by our not opposing them on Second Reading. I understand that an inquiry is being carried on at the present moment with regard to these Bills.
THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (The Earl of Morley)
I may state, in reply to the question of the noble Duke, that the reading of private Bills a second time in no way commits the House to the principle of these Bills. That is, I think, generally admitted. As the noble Duke will see, I have placed a motion on the Paper for Monday, which I hope your Lordships will approve, to refer the principle of those Bills to a Joint Committee. The Bills must be read a second time before they can go to that Committee; but the noble Duke need be under no apprehension that the House commits itself to the principle of the Bills by assenting to the Second Reading.
§ On Question agreed to. Bill read 2ª accordingly.