§ On the Motion to go into Committee.
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (The Earl of HARD WICKE)
said: My Lords, before we to 6 into Committee I should like to say a few words with reference to the remarks which were made upon this Bill by my noble friend the Chairman of Committees the other day. On that occasion I gave an undertaking to look into the matter to which he took exception. The noble Earl Pointed out that the Bill would enable a County Council to borrow money in order to pay for the hire of land, and he objected to that power. I propose when the House is in Committee, to move an Amendment which will make it clear that the money that is to be borrowed is only to be in the nature of capital expenditure. I have taken this opportunity of mentioning this matter in order to give the noble Earl the Chairman of Committees an opportunity of expressing his views before the House goes into Committee, when he will not have that Opportunity.
THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (The Earl of MORLEY)
I am much obliged to my noble friend for his courtesy in telling me the nature of the Amendment which he proposes to move when the House goes into Committee on this Bill. I may say that the Amendment entirely satisfies the objection I raised, and I think it will be a great improvement to the Bill.
§ House in Committee (according to Order).
§ Clause 1.
§ THE EARL OF HARDWICKE
The last words of Clause 1, if the Amend meat which I am about to move is agreed to, will read —And the payment of those expenses, so far as they are in the nature of capital expenditure shall accordingly be a purpose for which the Council may borrow.Amendment moved—In Clause 1, line 13, after the word 'expenses,' to insert the words. 'so far as, they are in the nature of capital expenditure.'"—(The Earl of Hardwicke.)
§ On Question, Amendment agreed to.
§ Clause 1, as amended, agreed to.
§ Remaining clause agreed to, and Bill recommitted to the Standing Committee; and to be printed as amended.