THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF DONOUGHMORE)
My Lords, I beg to make the Motion which stands in 392 my name on the Paper, that the Message of the House of Commons of Tuesday last—viz., "That it is expedient that the said Bills be committed to a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons"—be taken into consideration and be adopted. I think I ought to explain that all the Bills are for an increase of rates, and questions arise as to whether it should be allowed, and if so how much, and, if allowed, whether it should be a temporary or permanent increase. Obviously these are questions which require decision. They are convenient questions, I think, to have decided by a single inquiry, and therefore I recommend your Lordships to agree to the Message from the House of Commons.
§ Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to, and a Message ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.