§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ LORD MUIR MACKENZIE
My Lords, this Bill is of a somewhat technical character, and if I were to attempt to explain to the House the meaning of all the amendments in the law that are contained in it I should certainly detain the House for some time. Accordingly, I will again, if the House sees no objection, take the thing very shortly and leave it to anybody who may be interested in these points to raise questions on the next stage. I do not think it is in the least likely that anybody will embark upon the technicalities that are involved in this Bill. I have reason to believe that the legal authorities in Scotland, and noble Lords who sit in this House, see no objection to the Bill. I know that the Bill has been approved by the Lord President in Scotland and by the Lord Justice Clerk, as well, of course, as by the Lord Advocate. I will therefore simply move that this Bill be now read a second time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(Lord Muir Mackenzie.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Commit lee of the Whole House.