HL Deb 20 September 1909 vol 3 cc17-8


Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.


My Lords, this is a small Bill to make better provision for securing safety at cinematograph and other exhibitions. I dare say your Lordships are aware that the films used in these cinematograph exhibitions are very inflammable, and special provisions are therefore necessary in order to safeguard the audience. Several serious fires have occurred not only in London but throughout the country. This Bill will, we hope, secure and safeguard the safety of the public. It has been asked for by a deputation from the London County Council, and so far as regards the theatres under his authority the Lord Chamberlain has expressed his approval of the measure.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a—(Earl Beauchamp.)

On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Wednesday next.