§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. Secretary Cross.)
§ MR. PARNELL
opposed the further progress of the measure at that time, as Amendments were required to be made in its provisions, and an opportunity of moving those Amendments could not be given this Session. The Bill appeared to have been brought in to carry out the recommendations of the Royal Commission which reported on the working of the Penal Servitude Acts; but, in his 530 opinion, it was entirely insufficient for that purpose. He should like to know whether it was the intention of the Home Secretary to carry out those recommendations? He moved the adjournment of the debate.
MR. ASSHETON CROSS
said, that he could not give any pledge on the subject until he had had an opportunity of reading the evidence taken before the Commission. He hoped, however, that the Bill would be allowed to pass.
§ It being ten minutes before Seven of the clock, the Debate stood adjourned till this day.