§ [SECOND READING.]
§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.484
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (LORD PENTLAND)
My Lords, this is a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order made under the Sea Fisheries Act, 1868, as read with other Acts, relating to an oyster and mussel fishery at the Bay of Firth, off the coast of Orkney. The purpose of the Order is to develop an oyster fishery at the place referred to. The Order is in similar terms to one which was scheduled to a Bill introduced in another place in 1908, but not proceeded with in that session. Further inquiry has been made recently with a view of ascertaining whether there has been any change since that year in the local circumstances which would render it inexpedient to proceed with the matter, and I have satisfied myself that there has been no such change. Your Lordships will see the bearing of the several clauses. I may, perhaps, be allowed to say that it is proposed at a subsequent stage of the Bill to restrict the operation of the Order to a period somewhat shorter than the term of sixty years mentioned in Clause 10 of the Schedule, and if the Bill is read a second time I propose to put down certain Amendments for this purpose. I trust that your Lordships will be good enough to give the Bill a Second Reading.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2ª.—(Lord Pentland.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2ª, and pursuant to the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, deemed to have been reported from the Committee: Bill to be read 3ª To-morrow.