§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF ONSLOW):
The noble Lord, Lord Avebury, who has given notice that he wishes to move an Instruction to the Committee to which this Bill is referred is not in his place to-day, and therefore I shall not propose to refer the Bill to a Committee at once. It can stand over until the noble Lord is in his place and able to move the Instruction.
Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(The Earl of Onslow.)
LORD BALFOUR OF BURLEIGH:
Would the noble Earl the Chairman of Committees inform the House whether there has been any other communication on the subject? The notice which Lord Avebury has placed on the Paper—In the event of the Bill being read a second time, the Lord Avebury to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee to which the Bill is referred to leave out Clauses 9 to 12,seems to me a most extraordinary one, and does not appear to refer to the correct clauses of the Bill. Perhaps we can be told what the form of the Motion is which it is the intention of Lord Avebury to move.
THE EARL OF ONSLOW:
I am sure the noble Lord will agree that I am not responsible for anything that may appear on the Paper in the name of Lord Avebury. I telegraphed to him to-day calling his attention to exactly what the noble Lord opposite has pointed out, and I hope that when the Notice is again placed on the Paper it will be in correct form.
On Question, Bill read 2a.