§ Bill, as amended, considered.
On Motion of Mr. DODD, the following Amendment was agreed to:—
Page 1, line 27, Sub-section (4), after "court shall," insert "before or at the hearing of the complaint.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. BRYCE, Aberdeen, S.)
said, he had prepared an Amendment which he believed would effect exactly the same object as the hon. Member for Northampton (Mr. Channing) had in view, with the Amendment of which he had given notice, but in other words.
Amendment proposed, in page 2, line 1, after the word "force," to insert the words—
or if that rate or charge is higher than the rate or charge in force on the last day of December one thousand eight hundred and ninety-
two, then such sum as would have been payable on the footing of the last-mentioned rate or charge."—(Mr. Bryce.")
§ Question proposed, "That those words be there inserted."
§ SIR M. HICKS-BEACH (Bristol, W.)
thought this carried out the desire of the Committee and the intention of the hon. Member for Northampton, and it appeared to do so in the proper and in a more grammatical manner.
§ DR. CLARK (Caithness)
said, he had often found when there was agreement between the Leaders on the two Front Benches there was reason to look on a proposal with suspicion; therefore, that more consideration might be given to the matter he would move the adjournment of the Debate.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir W. HARCOURT,) Derby
hoped his hon. Friend would not arrest the progress of the Bill at a point where there was general agreement.
It being after Midnight, and Objection being taken to Further Proceeding, the Debate stood adjourned.
§ Debate to be resumed To-morrow.