§ Order of the day for the Second Reading read.
This is identically the Bill which passed through all its stages in your Lordships' House in 1903. Unfortunately, through stress of work in the House of Commons, it was not possible to pass it into law during that session; but this year the Board of Trade have been more fortunate, and the Bill has passed through all its stages in the other House. The principal clauses in the Bill are for the purpose of making the areas for electric lighting purposes, where thought desirable, coterminous with the new municipal areas which were created by the London Government Act of 1899. The only other clause to which I need draw attention is Clause 9, which empowers the Board of Trade to act as arbitrators in the case of any dispute between the parties.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a."—(Lord Wolverton.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed for Thursday next.