THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF DONOUGHMORE)
My Lords, with reference to this Order which is not yet presented to your Lordships but will, I believe, shortly be presented, I think I ought to say that it is twenty-three years since we dispensed with Standing Order No. 87A, which forbids a Bill of this kind being introduced after Whitsuntide. I have been in communication with the Government Department concerned and I am satisfied there is a public reason why this very exceptional course should be pursued. On the other hand, I think if it was not pursued there would be a certain public disadvantage. I would like to mention that I am assured there is a strong hope that this Order will be unopposed and that is another consideration which encourages me to ask your Lordships to dispense with the Standing Order in this case.
§ Moved, That Standing Order No. 87A be considered in order to its being dispensed with.—(The Earl of Donoughmore.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to, and leave for the Bill to be read 1a given accordingly.
THE PAYMASTER-GENERAL (THE DUKE OF SUTHERLAND)
My Lords, I beg to present a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1892, relating to Kilmarnock gas and water; and to move that it be read a first time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 1a.—(The Duke of Sutherland.)
§ On Question, Bill read 1a; to be printed; and referred to the Examiners.