§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ THE EARL OF PLYMOUTH
My Lords, in moving the Second Reading of this Bill I do not think it will be necessary for me to go into details of the history of the Land Tax Commissioners, which is both long and complicated. I think it will suffice to say that this Bill is necessitated by the fact that there is a shortage of land tax commissioners in certain parts of the country. Formerly, a Bill such as this was brought in once in every Parliament, but this is the first Bill that has been introduced since 1906. The reason for that is that in that year a large number of people were appointed to be land tax commissioners, and they have sufficed up to the present time. If there is any point that any of your Lordships think should be made clearer I will endeavour to explain it. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(The Earl of Plymouth.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.