HL Deb 07 August 1913 vol 14 cc1691-2

My Lords, I hope your Lordships will agree to suspend the Sessional Order so far as this Bill is concerned. The Pilotage Act only became law last April, and it has been very difficult to frame all the Orders necessary under that Act in such a short time. The Pilotage Provisional Order under discussion relates to the London pilotage district of Trinity House.

Moved, That the Order made on the 22nd of April last, "That no Provisional Order Confirmation Bill brought from the House of Commons shall be read a second time after Thursday the 19th day of July next," be dispensed with.—(The Earl of Granard.)


I should like to ask how it comes about that this Pilotage Provisional Order was not drawn earlier. There has been a good deal of time since April, and one would have imagined that the Order would have been in a forward state of preparation before the Bill passed into law. I do not know whether there have been delays in another place or any other reason which the noble Earl can plead to us. I do not intend, of course, to stop the Bill; but I am surprised that there has been this delay.


Your Lordships will remember that an Advisory Committee was set up to deal with these different ports, and none of the Provisional Orders were promulgated until the matter had been discussed by this Committee. It naturally took some time to get the Committee into being, and that is the reason why this Bill is so late.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

Bill read 2a, and committed for Monday next.