HL Deb 03 December 1912 vol 13 c51


Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.


My Lords, this Bill, as your Lordships are aware, contains a schedule of Acts which are very familiar to your Lordships, and I do not think I need say anything upon them. I should mention, however, that the Crofters Holdings (Scotland) Act of 1886, which was in last year's schedule, is now omitted. It has been repealed to some extent by the Small Landholders (Scotland) Act, 1911. Another Act which is omitted from this year's schedule is the Evicted Tenants (Ireland) Act, 1907. Last year my noble and learned friend on the Woolsack gave a pledge that he would not reintroduce that Act into the schedule this year, and he said that if, through unforeseen circumstances, we wished to further extend that Act we would introduce a Bill. It has not been found necessary to extend the Act, as all the cases to be met under it are thought to have been dealt with, and therefore it disappears from the schedule. I do not think I have any other observations to offer on the schedule, which is, as I have said, the same as has appeared in recent years with the exception of the Acts to which I have referred.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(Lord Ashby St. Ledgers.)

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