§ [SECOND READING.]
THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Lord BALFOUR of) Burleigh
My Lords, the reasons for suspending the Order made on March 16th in this case are these. Additional borrowing powers are very much required, and there was considerable conflict of opinion as to the period over which the repayment should be spread. Somewhat complicated negotiations had to be entered into, but I am glad to be able to say that the matter has now been arranged, and I believe in a way satisfactory to the officers of the House and in accordance with the usual practice. But those negotiations took a considerable time. I do not now anticipate any opposition to the Provisional Order, and I hope that in the circumstances your Lordships will agree to suspend the Standing Order in this case.
§ Moved, that the Order made on the 16th March last, "That no Bill brought from the House of Commons confirming any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate shall be read a second time 1248 after the 18th day of June next,"be dispensed with.—(Lord Balfour of Burleigh.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to; and Bill read 2a (according to Order), and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.