HL Deb 11 August 1913 vol 14 cc1736-7

Moved, That the Order made on the 22nd of April last, "That no Private Bill brought from the House of Commons shall be read a second time after Thursday the 19th day of June next," be dispensed with, and that the Bill be now read 2a; agreed to: Bill read 2aaccordingly and committed: The Committee to be proposed by the Committee of Selection.


My Lords, in moving the Motion that stands in my name in reference to the East Ham Corporation Bill I think I ought to explain very shortly the circumstances. The Bill has just been read a second time by your Lordships to-day. It was considerably delayed in the House of Commons, but I have satisfied myself that that delay was not the fault of the promoters. It was due to certain procedure in the House of Commons. The Bill has been very much discussed and very much disputed. It will be fought here, and it obviously, for reasons into which I need not enter, requires very careful consideration. It will take, I am advised, several days in Committee, and for all I know your Lordships might desire to discuss it on Report and Third Reading. Therefore I think it is essentially a Bill which, in accordance with precedent, might well he carried over until next session, when there will be more time for its consideration. The Bill having originated in another place it will be necessary to communicate your Lordships' decision to the other House, and I will see that that is done this evening if your Lordships agree to this Motion.

Moved, That the promoters of the Bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon, in order to proceed with the Bill, if they shall think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so be lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than three o'clock on the day prior to the close of the present Session, and that all fees due thereon up to that period be paid:

That such Bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office not later than three o'clock on or before the third day on which the House shall sit after the next meeting of Parliament, with a declaration annexed thereto, signed by the agent, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present Session:

That the proceedings on such Bill shall be pro formâonly in regard to every stage through which the same shall have passed in the present Session, and that no new fees be charged in regard to such stages:

That the Standing Orders by which the proceedings on Bills are regulated shall not apply to such Bill in regard to any of the stages through which the same shall have passed during the present Session.— (The Chairman of Committees.)

On Question, Motion agreed to, and ordered accordingly: Ordered that a Message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them with the said Resolution, and to desire their concurrence.




Commons Amendments considered, and agreed to.