HL Deb 28 July 1904 vol 138 cc1438-9

Amendments reported (according to order).


My Lords, there are certain Amendments standing in my name on the Paper the effect of which is to leave out the words "or tract of coal." These words were inserted in Committee on the Motion of the noble Marquess in charge of the Bill, and I now understand that the noble Marquess is quite prepared, for reasons which he would prefer himself to state to your Lordships, to accept my Amendments to strike out these words.

Amendments moved— In Clause 4, page 3, line 27, to leave out the words 'or tract of coal'"; In Clause 5, page 3, line 38, to leave out the words 'or tract of coal'"; In Clause 6, page 3, line 42, to leave out the words 'or tract of coal'"; In Clause 9, page 6, lines 15 and 16, to leave out the words 'any tract of coal never galed before the passing of this Act and'"; In Clause 10, page 6, line 21, to leave out from the word 'Act' to the end of paragraph (1)."—(The Earl of Chesterfield.)


My Lords, the noble Earl has rightly stated the facts. I think I told your Lordships when I moved the Second Reading that this was an agreed Bill; that is to say, that all the parties interested had come to an agreement as to its provisions. I believe that to have been in the main true as regards the Bill as it was read a second time in this House. When the Bill was in Committee certain Amendments were, on my Motion, introduced into it, and among those Amendments were those which my noble friend opposite now proposes to strike out. I have been informed that, although the Bill as it came from the House of Commons was an agreed measure, to the Amendments to which the noble Earl has called attention a certain amount of exception has been taken; and as there was some kind of understanding that the Bill should be agreed throughout, I am willing, on behalf of the Government, to accept these Amendments.

On Question, Amendments agreed to.

Bill to be read 3a To-morrow.