§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. Everett.)
§ Objection having been taken,
§ SIR CHARLES DALRYMPLE (Ipswich)
I hope the objection will not be persisted in. The Bill has passed the Committee on Standing Orders. It is of the greatest importance to the County of Suffolk that the Bill should proceed, and both the County Councils of the county are agreed about it. The Bill is to go to a Committee, so that it will be thoroughly examined.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. H. H. FOWLER, Wolverhampton, E.)
The Bill is one correcting a technical error in the Bill of 1888. The Local Government Board are strongly in favour of it, as the Suffolk County Council is actually prevented borrowing money for the purpose of erecting an asylum in one part of the county. A Select Committee will carefully examine the Bill.
§ VISCOUNT CRANBORNE (Rochester)
This particular question was much considered at the time of the passing of the County Councils Act, and borrowing powers were strictly limited under that Act. Of course, I accept the assurance of the right hon. Gentleman that the Select Committee will carefully consider this point.
§ MR. H. H. FOWLER
This Bill has nothing to do with the powers of the County Council. It supplies an omission which was made when at a late stage of the County Council Bill in another place. The County of Suffolk was divided into two parts for administrative purposes. This Bill will not in any way increase the powers of the County Council.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ Bill read a second time, and committed to a Select Committee of Five Members, Three to be nominated by the House and Two by the Committee of Selection.
§ Ordered, That all Petitions against the Bill presented three clear days before the meeting of the Committee be referred to the Committee; that the Petitioners praying to be heard by themselves, their Counsel, or Agents, be heard against the Bill, and Counsel heard in support of the Bill.1200
§ Ordered, That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers, and records.
§ Ordered, That Three be the quorum.—(Mr. Everett.)