§ [SECOND READING.]
§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE
My Lords, there are certain local authorities and public companies which have, under special Acts of Parliament, obtained powers which ought to be carried out within the year, either in the way of the execution of works or the raising of money with which to do so. Owing to causes with which your Lordships are familiar, it has been impossible for the companies or the corporations to carry out these works, and this is a Bill by which the time can be extended. Due provision is made for safeguarding the rights of interested persons and full opportunities are given to them to have their case stated. This is a matter of detail that has arisen out of the war, and I hope that your Lordships will allow the Bill to be read a second time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(The Duke of Devonshire.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.