§ LORD DALMENY (Edinburgh, Midlothian)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland whether, in view of the fact that the local inquiry in regard to the Provisional Order in re the proposed electric tramways from Edinburgh to Bonnyrigg was held in July, 1905, and the preamble was proved at that time to the satisfaction of the Commissioners representing both Houses of Parliament, he will state the reasons for the delay which has occurred in dealing with this matter; and when it is intended to introduce the confirming Bill.
§ (Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) Upon the Order in question being referred to the Parliamentary authorities it appeared that its arrangement and many of its provisions were inconsistent with the general Tramway Acts and contrary to the practice of Parliament. Similar objection was taken to other Scottish Tramway Orders of the current session, and it was found desirable to give further consideration to them and to the Edinburgh Order together, in consultation with the Parliamentary authorities. Meetings with parties were held in July and August, at which various adjustments were made, and, though some points are still outstanding, I hope that confirming Bills may be introduced very shortly.