§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading, read.
§ LORD HENNIKER
said, he would, with their Lordships' permission, withdraw this Bill. He had put it off from time to time in the hope that something might have been known of the probable action of the Royal Commission, and so have given an opportunity for a discussion or advance in some degree towards a satisfactory settlement of the question. That was, however, hardly possible, then, and, at that late period of the Sesssion, he thought he should best consider the convenience of their Lordships by withdrawing the Bill. He hoped the Commission might be able to report in time to legislate on the subject next early next year. If not, and it was proper for him to do so when the time arrived, he would re-introduce the Bill or call their Lordships' attention to the question as early as possible next Session. Meanwhile, he hoped some little good might have been done by calling public attention to the practice of vivisection which he was sorry to believe largely prevailed. The noble Lord concluded by moving the discharge of the Order.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ Order discharged; and Bill (by leave of the House) withdrawn.